Nashville Mayor John Cooper plans to extend safer-at-home order through May 1

Mayor John Cooper plans to extend the city's safer-at-home order through May 1. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Mayor John Cooper plans to extend the city's safer-at-home order through May 1. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Mayor John Cooper plans to extend the city's safer-at-home order through May 1. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Metro Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced at a press conference April 21 that he will likely extend the city's safer-at-home order through May 1 to help limit the spread of coronavirus in the region. The order is set to expire April 24.

As stated in the initial order, all nonessential businesses will remain closed, and restaurants and bars can only offer takeout and delivery services. All individuals in Davidson County are expected to stay home, except to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, medical appointments and restaurants for takeout.

Although Cooper has not yet formally extended the order, health officials said the extension is forthcoming this week and that any subsequent extensions will be based on data.

"Nashville's strategy will be centered on a data-driven reopening schedule while working in close cooperation with the state, local business leaders and our public health experts," Cooper said at the press conference.

The city's announcement of its plan to extend the order by at least one week comes one day after Gov. Bill Lee announced that he will not extend the state's stay-at-home order, which is set to expire April 30. Lee said officials will work with Davidson, Shelby, Madison, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan counties and their respective health departments to establish their own strategies to reopen.


According to Cooper, it is possible the city could begin reopening its economy in phases beginning in early May. However, the city's strategy to allow nonessential businesses to reopen is contingent on three factors, including a rate of transmission of less than one—meaning each COVID-19 patient does not infect more than one person; a downward trend of documented cases within a 14-day period; and the amount of testing supplies and personal protective equipment the city has on hand.

City officials plan to release additional details about its reopening plan April 23.

"These goals have been agreed upon by public health experts and our health system partners as objective, data-driven criteria as part of our public health and economic strategy to start getting Nashvillians back to work and back to life as normal," Cooper said. "The phased reopening process also prevents our area hospitals and health care providers from becoming overburdened in the event of a spike in cases."


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