Details of Nashville Mask Order and Phase 3

George Jones mural: mask added to reflect the times!

As of 12:01am today, Davidson County (Nashville) is under a mask order for both residents and visitors. The goal is to keep our city from regressing as other parts of the country are on the rise with COVID-19 cases. 

You can read the full order here however, in short it means that when in public places indoors or outdoors, you must be wearing a face covering. The exceptions to this include: 

  • Not required for kids age 12 years or younger.
  • In outdoor public spaces where maintaining a physical distance of six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is feasible 
  • While engaged in outdoor work or recreation, such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, unless maintaining a physical distance of six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible 
  • By those who cannot medically tolerate wearing a face covering. No person declining to wear a face covering because of a medical condition shall be required to produce verifying medical documentation
  • Within one’s own or another’s motor vehicle, provided the vehicle is not being used for public transportation or a vehicle for hire
  • When eating or drinking in public at a restaurant, bar, or other food or beverage establishment
  • While in a building or indoor space owned, managed, or leased by the State of Tennessee or federal government.

UPDATED 7/3/2020: We had announced on Monday that Nashville was in Phase 3 of re-opening. However, effective Friday, July 3, 2020, Nashville is being moved to a “modified phase 2.” In this plan, there is still plenty to do, mask and all. 🙂 

The biggest change between phase 2 and 3 is that bars must close for 14 days. Bars locally are defined as having sales of more than 50% alcohol. Because many establishments on Broadway serve food, many have been open and remain open (though there were some that had chosen to voluntarily stay shut. 

Highlights of what is open include: 

  • Restaurants (at 50% capacity) 
  • Live music (at max capacity based on venue) 
  • Museums and tours (at limited capacity) 
  • Retail stores and commercial establishments (75% capacity) 
  • Metro Parks and outdoors (at full capacity, maintaining social distancing) 

Here is an infographic as well put out by the Mayor. 


Of important note, as with pretty much anywhere in the world right now we have noticed that throughout this there may be sporadic closures of venues/ restaurants/ shops/ salons if they find out a patron or employee tested positive as they will close temporarily for precautionary cleaning. Typically this lasts for 1-3 days depending on the owner of the business. 

Keep in mind this is for Davidson County ONLY, the rest of Tennessee (including Leiper’s Fork and Franklin) does not have a mask order in effect and are in phase 4 of the re-opening plan. There are many day trips we typically suggest our guests partake in that are fully operational that actually sit outside of Nashville: 

  • State parks, greenways and trails 
  • Neighboring lakes and rivers 
  • Arrington Vineyards 
  • Leiper’s Fork village 
  • Downtown Franklin

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us! And if your travels are bringing you to Nashville or Leiper’s Fork, we hope you’ll consider a stay in one of our vacation/ short term rental spaces.


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