COVID-19

Nashville musicians, recovering from tornadoes, face COVID-19 cancellations

Colleen Phelps Apr 6, 2020
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Popular live music venue The Basement East, in East Nashville, was severely damaged by a tornado on March 3, 2020. Rachel Iacavone
COVID-19

Nashville musicians, recovering from tornadoes, face COVID-19 cancellations

Colleen Phelps Apr 6, 2020
Popular live music venue The Basement East, in East Nashville, was severely damaged by a tornado on March 3, 2020. Rachel Iacavone
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Nashville, Tennessee like much of the country, is under orders to stay at home. But the city is also dealing with the aftermath of a deadly tornado that struck in early March. Nashville’s musicians were just getting ready ready to start playing again after those tornadoes when COVID-19 precautions led to a stream of cancellations. With venues closed and honky-tonks quiet, the music industry is facing massive setbacks. The music industry in the Nashville area is worth roughly $10 billion a year. It includes roadies, lighting designers, stagehands, photographers — and as shows gets cancelled, they don’t get paid.

COVID-19 Economy FAQs

What’s going on with extra COVID-19 unemployment benefits?

It’s been weeks since President Donald Trump signed an executive memorandum that was supposed to get the federal government back into the business of topping up unemployment benefits, to $400 a week. Few states, however, are currently paying even part of the benefit that the president promised. And, it looks like, in most states, the maximum additional benefit unemployment recipients will be able to get is $300.

What’s the latest on evictions?

For millions of Americans, things are looking grim. Unemployment is high, and pandemic eviction moratoriums have expired in states across the country. And as many people already know, eviction is something that can haunt a person’s life for years. For instance, getting evicted can make it hard to rent again. And that can lead to spiraling poverty.

Which retailers are requiring that people wear masks when shopping? And how are they enforcing those rules?

Walmart, Target, Lowe’s, CVS, Home Depot, Costco — they all have policies that say shoppers are required to wear a mask. When an employee confronts a customer who refuses, the interaction can spin out of control, so many of these retailers are telling their workers to not enforce these mandates. But, just having them will actually get more people to wear masks.

You can find answers to more questions on unemployment benefits and COVID-19 here.

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