Nashville’s Music City Center is revving up safety protocols as a result of the ongoing increase in COVID-19 cases in the Middle Tennessee area.
According to an August 16 report from The Metro Public Health Department, positive COVID-19 cases in Davidson County has eclipsed 107,000 year to date.
The recent surge has led the Music City Center to implement extra caution while hosting meetings in the 2.1 million square foot facility.
“Additional steps have been taken to ensure a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention including participation in the Nashville area’s Good to Go safety program and accreditation as a GBAC Star Facility by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council,” said Heather Jensen, Music City Center’s director of communications.
Good to Go was launched last year by Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation in collaboration with Vanderbilt Health and Ryman Hospitality Properties.
The voluntary program provides the city’s businesses with access to toolkits, public health experts and support in attempts to ensure these companies keep their doors open in the safest way possible.
A facility’s GBAC star rating is achieved through knowing “how to prepare, respond and recover from infectious disease outbreaks and biohazard situations,” according to GBAC’s website.
Regular cleanings of high-touch surfaces and numerous amounts of hand sanitizing stations have also been provided for both visitors and staff.
As for mask requirements in the convention center, Jensen said circumstances will vary.
“Event organizers may choose to mandate masks or face coverings, regardless of vaccination status,” she said. “Any such mandate will be communicated prior to the event, and all MCC visitors and staff in the occupied space must abide by the mandate for the duration of the event.”
As cases continue to rise with the delta variant of COVID-19, the convention center indicated it has not experienced any major cancellations.
“As the push for vaccinations continues, MCC is focused on the health and safety of scheduled events,” Jensen said. “There have been no cancellations of citywide conventions, and the facility’s calendar remains active.”
Current and upcoming events in the month of August at the Music City Center include the American Correctional Association’s annual Summer Congress, TN Society of Human Resource Management Conference, Economic Development Conference and the GameStop Conference, which is expected to draw around 7,000 attendees.
Jensen noted that due to the convention center’s ability to adapt to these difficult times, Music City Center expects to remain open for events and meetings.
“We’re disheartened by the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, but we are encouraged by the efforts of our staff and the entire Nashville hospitality industry to create safe spaces for visitors,” she said. “We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust protocols as needed.”