Nashville’s 5 Spot, City Winery Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccine

Two of Nashville’s most popular restaurants are now requiring proof of vaccination in order to receive service. Both 5 Spot in East Nashville and City Winery in downtown Nashville announce that guests will have to prove that they have received their COVID-19 vaccine to eat in their establishments.

5 Spot announced their decision on social media.

“To our 5 Spot family and friends, After due consideration we’ve decided to require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry into our venue beginning Saturday Aug 7th. In times such as these we must behave as reasonably and responsibly as possible,” the statement said. “So, before you come party with us, please make sure you have your vaccination card (or a photo of it) at the ready. We will be verifying vaccination status before admission to The 5 Spot is granted. No ID? No Entry. No Vaccination? No Entry.”

City Winery is requiring proof of vaccination for all guests dining indoors, along with requiring masks.

“Your safety is our #1 priority,” City Winery announced. “All indoor City Winery guests will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test for entry. Masks are required to be worn indoors when moving about the building. For additional info please visit:”

On their website, City Winery further explains that, for those who do not wish to get vaccinated, a recent negative COVID-19 test will also suffice.

“Of course, we respect that if a person does not want to get vaccinated for any reason, be it religious, health or other, they can get tested showing a negative result within 72 hours to gain admission,” the statement reads. “All guests are welcome on our outdoor patios, however masks will be required when entering the building.”

The news comes as the country music community is offering mixed responses to the increase of COVID-19 cases, due to the delta variant. Garth Brooks says he is reconsidering his Stadium Tour, in light of the growing numbers, while Chase Rice says the pandemic is over and life should return to normal.

“It’s gonna take some time to get back in the swing of things, for all of us ….It’s something that you start losing hope, towards the end of last year,” Rice said to Audacy.  “In the beginning of last year, it’s like, ‘We’ll be back in no time. And that changes pretty quick to, ‘Man, I don’t know if this is ever gonna get back to normal,’” he said. “Thank God it is.

“This thing’s over,” he continued. “If you don’t think so, move on. It’s over. We’re going back to normal life, and if you don’t want to do that, stay home. We’re partying, country music’s back, music’s back. Live events are back and I couldn’t be happier.”