If you love the bright lights and world-famous sounds of Broadway, be a Honky Tonk Hero by following a few simple guidelines to keep all who work and visit downtown safe and healthy.

Honky Tonk Heroes know the folks on Broadway love what they do, so Heroes follow guidelines to make sure Broadway’s entertainment district can stay open and thousands of servers, musicians, vendors and more can continue to work and provide for their families. This campaign is led by a coalition of Broadway and Downtown Broadway Operators urging visitors to play their part to allow us to keep the music playing.



  • Stay home if sick (visit us another time)

  • Socially distance while walking within bars/restaurants 

  • Follow guidelines including wearing a mask at all times unless seated

  • Wash your hands frequently

  • Wear a mask and socially distance outside on Broadway

Many of your favorite establishments will offer free masks if you don’t have one—and you can take it with you when you leave! We can't be everywhere and follow you on the street. Please, we'll be playing our part, continue to play yours wherever you are.


Keeping Broadway open is also vital to the city of Nashville as revenue from downtown helps fund schools, first responders and other public and social services. Adherence to these guidelines will preserve Broadway’s role as a major economic driver for the state.


We encourage anyone who visits Broadway to be a Honky Tonk Hero and do their part to keep our bars and restaurants open, our employees working, and our city moving forward.



A coalition of downtown bars and restaurants united to launch this coordinated, district-wide campaign that puts health and safety first. By setting and promoting these guidelines, downtown businesses set expectations for their patrons to protect the health and livelihoods of the tens of thousands of employees in diverse industries who depend on this thriving economy.

In addition to what the campaign will encourage of patrons, downtown establishments follow CDC best practices, which include:

  • Educating employees about when they should stay home and when they can return to work

  • Cleaning all surfaces after use by a patron

  • Requiring frequent employee handwashing

  • Requiring the use of masks among all staff as feasible

  • Adapting layouts to ensure all customer parties remain at least six feet apart

  • Offering drive-through and curbside take-out options when applicable

  • Maintaining physical barriers between performers and audience

  • Using disposable, virtual or no-touch menus where possible

  • Maintaining parties to small groups

  • Removing use of self-service food, beverage and shared condiments


Check out Broadway's Honky Tonk Heroes! Soon, if you are being safe and healthy on the streets, we'll find you - with prizes!