Saying that there was significant improvement in area COVID-19 transmission rates, the Nashville Predators (NHL) have dropped a proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for Bridgestone Arena fans.
Several NHL teams entered the 2021-2022 season with similar mandates, drawn up in conjunction with local authorities (in this case, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Nashville Health Department). With transmission rates declining across the county, we’re likely to see similar pullbacks in COVID-19 arena restrictions.
“We would like to thank Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the Nashville Health Department and countless other partners for continuing to provide insight that enabled us to bring this good news to the community,” President and CEO of Bridgestone Arena and the Nashville Predators Sean Henry said in a press statement. “We are encouraged that the data trends are moving briskly in a positive direction; today’s announcement is consistent with our original intention to update our protocols as case counts and transmission levels evolved.”
According to the team, the relaxing of COVID-19 protocols for Bridgestone Arena fans comes as Davidson County’s transmission level has dropped below the “Substantial Transmission” level in the CDC’s established metrics of percentage of positive tests in the past seven days. The trajectory of the CDC’s other notable metric in measuring the level of community transmission (total new cases per 100,000 persons in the past seven days) is trending downward significantly as well.