Bars, restaurants in Nashville allowed to extend operating hours starting next week


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Restaurants and bars that serve alcohol in Nashville and Davidson County will be allowed to remain open until 1 a.m. daily beginning Monday.

During his weekly news briefing, Nashville Mayor John Cooper said recent coronavirus metrics have shown improvement, allowing for restaurants and bars to stay open an hour later than the current closing time of midnight, as of March 1.

Restaurants that do not serve or permit alcohol were already allowed to resume regular hours of operation up to 24 hours per day.

Mayor Cooper said restaurants and bars will also be allowed to have up to 125 people per floor and increase their seating limit at bar counters.

Museums and attractions like the Nashville Zoo will be authorized to increase capacity to a level that “maintains social distancing,” he added. The mayor said there will no longer be a percentage restriction.

Cooper said he will also allow for events with approval from the Metro Public Health Department to have a maximum of 1,000 people, which is up from 500 currently. He added events with “additional risk factors,” like weddings, can have up to 125 people.

The outdoor gathering size limit will change from eight to 25, the mayor said.

He explained social distancing rules will still be enforced within the establishments.

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