Nashville Launches New Good To Go Safety Program For Businesses

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Vanderbilt Health, and Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. are launching a new free program today, Good To Go, that will support Nashville-area businesses with extra resources and access to public health experts as the city begins to reopen.

The Good to Go program will help ensure a safer city for residents and visitors as Nashville businesses pledge to implement health standards in a consistent way across Music City. Participating businesses will be given a special green music note to display at their locations and on their websites and materials, indicating their commitment to following safety standards. Participating businesses will also be recognized on a new Good to Go website promoted to visitors.

The voluntary program asks businesses to commit to guidance from the Metro Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and provides access to toolkits and support to help carry out the recommendations. Vanderbilt Health’s leading infectious disease experts helped develop key elements of the program and will be involved with ongoing learning and information sharing. Businesses interested in joining Good to Go should sign up online at by June 4.

“We encourage every business in Nashville to join Good to Go. We believe this is the first program of this kind in the nation to provide uniform industry guidelines and comprehensive toolkits for businesses throughout the city in response to COVID-19. We want to show the world that through cooperation and collaboration, Nashville is safe and sound,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of NCVC. “As destinations begin to open, Good to Go will help Nashville stand apart as it ensures that our business community is following all public health guidelines and has access to leading experts at Vanderbilt Health. It will give all those who live and come to Nashville confidence and peace of mind that we are safely open for business.”

To participate, businesses must agree to adopt all applicable guidelines set forth by MPHD and CDC and participate in Good to Go’s enhanced learning program. In return, businesses will receive regular information and insights from infection prevention experts at Vanderbilt Health, key learnings and best practices from Ryman Hospitality Properties leaders and access to new resources as recommendations change. Businesses which commit to Good to Go will also have access to training modules and other first-hand experience from Ryman Hospitality Properties.

“Ryman Hospitality Properties began working with Vanderbilt Health in the early days of the pandemic to provide the teams at all of our properties – including restaurants, entertainment venues and our hotels – direct access to the nation’s foremost experts on infectious disease control,” said Colin Reed, chairman and CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties. “We helped spearhead Good to Go because we wanted to make elements of our early work with Vanderbilt Health available so that other Nashville businesses could have access to the tools, resources and information needed to operate a business until a vaccine or treatment is available for COVID-19.”



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