The Grand Ole Opry is returning to in-person performances for its 95thAnniversary show on October 3.
As many as 500 people could attend that show, Nashville Mayor John Cooper said, according to News 4 Nashville. The concert will feature live performances by Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill and Lorrie Morgan.
Grand Ole Opry perseveres
The Grand Ole Opry has kept going despite the coronavirus pandemic, Billboard reported. Coronavirus restrictions ruled out in-house audiences starting on March 14. But ever since then, the Grand Ole Opry has hosted performers to play to an empty venue. The shows air live on Circle Television, Dish Network, Facebook and YouTube.
“It’s a little bit of accessibility that we’re trying to make available,” Scott Bailey, president of Opry Entertainment Group, told FOX Business. “That’s not part of our business plan to stream freely on those platforms, but we think there are just too many fans that are outside the U.S. that want to have access to it and we didn’t want to restrict that.”
Mayor Cooper also announced that Davidson County is moving into Phase Three of its reopening plan on October 1, according to News 4 Nashville.
“We are reopening as quickly as safe capacity happens,” Cooper said.
During Phase Three, restaurants and bars are allowed to open at 50% capacity with a maximum of 100 people per floor. Restaurants can offer seated-only service at bars and table service for parties of up to eight people. All restaurants and bars are required to close by 11 p.m.
Live entertainment is allowed in Phase Three, but dance halls are shut down. Retail stores and commercial businesses can operate at 75% capacity.
Nashville’s mask mandate will continue for now, Dr. Alex Jahangir, chair of the Metro Nashville Coronavirus Task Force, told News 4 Nashville.
“Not until there’s a vaccine that’s reducing infections,” Jahangir said about rolling back the mask mandate.