This Friday (May 14) marks the return of full-capacity crowds to Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House.
Per Memphis' WMC, "some COVID-19 protocols will remain in place, like enhanced cleaning and masks for all guests and staff."
The Grand Ole Opry's weekly Saturday night broadcast has gone on uninterrupted throughout the pandemic, keeping the show on pace to reach 5,000 consecutive Saturday night broadcasts on Oct. 30.
No more than 500 fans returned to the Opry House's pews on Oct. 3, 2020 as the show kicked off its 95th birthday celebration.
The Sept. 2020 news came after sister venue the Ryman Auditorium started allowing small audiences at live shows while following COVID-19 precautions.
"We're learning from the Ryman," Rogers told the Tennessean. "It will be very, very similar and equally as safe."
The Opry's Saturday night program went without a live audience from March 14 to Oct. 3, 2020 thanks to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. In that span, performers included Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Luke Combs, Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.
The world's longest-running radio show can be heard on opry.com, wsmonline.com and on SiriusXM satellite radio. You can also listen to Saturday broadcasts live on the Grand Ole Opry and WSM Radio mobile apps, and on its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM.