Lower Broadway business owners plan protest over Nashville’s ‘Safer-at-Home’ order


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Lower Broadway business owners told News 2 they plan to protest Mayor John Cooper’s extended ‘Safer at Home’ order for Nashville.  

Steve Smith, who owns multiple downtown honky-tonks, told News 2 many of those business owners gathered to talk about Mayor Cooper’s ‘Safer at Home’ order Tuesday. He said they’re upset so many other counties in the state are allowed to open their businesses but Nashville cannot.  

At the daily briefing Tuesday, Mayor Cooper addressed what businesses should be doing to prepare in case the safer at home order is lifted Friday.

“We need this week to be prepared for reopening. So i challenge every business to inventory their PPE needs, to think through the safety of their employees and their customers. We will be reopening. the trick is when to do it and how to do it safely,” said Mayor Cooper.

Wednesday morning, Smith said business owners plan to meet at the Historic Courthouse in Nashville at 11 a.m. to protest the extended order in effect until May 8. They fear the mayor may extend those orders for longer, causing them more financial turmoil.  

Mayor Cooper said he will consult with medical professionals over the next day or two to determine if the metrics are good enough to remove the safer at home order and move into phase one of reopening.

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