Nashville to begin Phase 3 of economic reopening June 22; bars to open at 50% capacity

As part of the third reopening phase, bars will be permitted to open at half capacity. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)
As part of the third reopening phase, bars will be permitted to open at half capacity. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)

As part of the third reopening phase, bars will be permitted to open at half capacity. (Alex Hosey/Community Impact Newspaper)

One month after restaurants and retail stores began operating at 75% capacity as part of Nashville’s second reopening phase, Mayor John Cooper announced June 18 the city will advance to Phase 3 on June 22.

As part of the third reopening phase, bars will be permitted to open at half capacity. Event spaces and small music venues must also operate at half capacity, or 250 attendees, depending on venue capacity.

Restaurants, gyms, salons and retail stores will remain operating at 75% capacity, according to Cooper.

"Over the course of four weeks, we have learned valuable lessons to keep Nashvillians safe and inform our decisions moving forward," Cooper said. "Once we start on Phase 3, the prudent course of action will be to remain in Phase 3 for a similar amount of time ... and make any course corrections necessary to maintain our economic reopening without having to revert to an earlier phase."

On June 11, Cooper announced the city would remain in Phase 2 due to a slight increase in coronavirus cases since late May. Public health officials said they will keep monitoring COVID-19 data over the next few days.


As of June 18, Davidson County has reported a total of 7,539 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including 1,835 active cases.

Such as in earlier reopening phases, city officials are still urging residents to wear masks or face coverings in public spaces.