State preps to expand hospital capacity, plus four other Nashville updates

Gov. Bill Lee’s economic recovery group announced plans to lift capacity restrictions on restaurants and businesses in Tennessee as well as to reopen larger, noncontact attractions by May 22. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Bill Lee’s economic recovery group announced plans to lift capacity restrictions on restaurants and businesses in Tennessee as well as to reopen larger, noncontact attractions by May 22. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gov. Bill Lee’s economic recovery group announced plans to lift capacity restrictions on restaurants and businesses in Tennessee as well as to reopen larger, noncontact attractions by May 22. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Here are five recent updates from the Nashville area on businesses reopening, the path to economic recovery and more.

Capacity restrictions lifted from restaurants, retailers in Tennessee; large attractions can also reopen

Beginning May 22, restaurants and retail businesses throughout the state can reopen at full capacity while continuing to maintain safety practices outlined in the Tennessee Pledge,

Shalimar Fine Indian Cuisine in Green Hills to close at end of May

After three decades in Green Hills, Shalimar Fine Indian Cuisine will permanently close May 26 at 3711 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville.



Long road to economic recovery begins in Williamson County

Following Gov. Bill Lee’s announcement of the Tennessee Pledge on April 24, restaurants, businesses and local municipalities in Williamson County have begun work to reopen during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Tennessee preps alternate care site in Nashville to increase COVID-19 hospital capacity in region

Tennessee's COVID-19 Unified Command Group announced plans May 28 to establish an alternate care site at Nashville General Hospital to expand hospital capacity for the treatment of coronavirus patients.

Businesses slowly reopen according to Metro Nashville guidelines

After 53 days of being closed down, city officials allowed restaurants and retail businesses in Nashville to reopen May 11 at half capacity, initiating the phased reopening of the state’s largest economic area.

Dylan Skye Aycock and Wendy Sturges contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

When asked if they intend to send their child to school should in-person instruction resume, more than 64% of parents said they would, while only 3.1% said their children certainly would not attend in-person instruction. (Courtesy Pixabay)
Williamson County Schools releases return-to-school survey results

When asked if they intend to send their child to school should in-person instruction resume, more than 64% of parents said they would, while only 3.1% said their children certainly would not attend in-person instruction.

State health officials are urging residents to wear face coverings as case numbers continue to rise. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Tennessee Department of Health: ‘This is not the time to get back to normal’

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said more than half of all cases are from an unknown source, meaning residents are now more likely to become infected while out in public.

Tennessee state capitol
Tennessee State Capitol Commission to vote on removal of Nathan Bedford Forrest bust July 9

Additionally, on June 22, Gov. Bill Lee signed House Bill 2266, which removes a requirement that the governor proclaim July 13 as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day.

Private school Thales Academy is slated to open a new location at 3835 Carothers Pkwy., Franklin in July. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
Thales Academy to open Franklin location in July

The school’s K-3rd grade campus will be the first Tennessee location for the company, which also operates schools in North Carolina and Virginia.

Here is the latest coronavirus case count information for Tennessee. (Community Impact Staff)
Tennessee coronavirus cases rise by over 1,800 in 24 hours

The daily totals also include 609 cumulative deaths, 2,715 cumulative hospitalizations and an estimated 28,283 recoveries to date.

Today's coronavirus update for Tennessee. (Community Impact Staff)
Tennessee coronavirus cases rise by over 1,200 in 24 hours

The daily totals also include 604 cumulative deaths, 2,665 cumulative hospitalizations and an estimated 27,599 recoveries to date.

WesVet Animal Hospital opened a location in Brentwood at 5511 Edmondson Pike, Ste. 205 on June 26. (Courtesy WesVet Animal Hospital)
WesVet Animal Hospital opens in Brentwood

The animal hospital specializes in preventative medicine, vaccinations, early detection of illness, surgery and dental care with same day appointments for pets of all ages.

All residents and visitors in Nashville and Davidson County are required to wear masks in public beginning June 29. (Courtesy Canva)
Masks required, state of emergency extended: News from Nashville

Read the latest news from the Nashville area.

All residents and visitors in Nashville and Davidson County are required to wear masks in public beginning June 29. (Courtesy Canva)
Metro Nashville issues public health order requiring the use of masks in public beginning June 29

The mask mandate is an alternative to returning to previous phases of Nashville's Roadmap to Reopening, which allowed many businesses to reopen in recent weeks. 

Williamson County Fair
Williamson County Fair to host virtual events, youth competitions in lieu of in-person fair for 2020

The in-person events were canceled in accordance with guidance from local and state officials due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Today's coronavirus update for Tennessee. (Community Impact Staff)
Tennessee coronavirus cases rise by over 2,000 in 48 hours

The Tennessee Department of Health did not release a case update on June 28 due to, “an unplanned shutdown of the state surveillance system,” according to a statement from the department.

Gov. Bill Lee signed Executive Order 50 June 29, extending the statewide state of emergency due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic to Aug. 29 (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Bill Lee extends state of emergency to August 29, continuing alcohol to-go sales and Tennessee Pledge guidelines

The order allows alcohol to-go and delivery services to continue while urging residents to wear face masks and practice social distancing.