New capacity and hour limits announced for Nashville bars and restaurants


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro Public Health Department and Mayor John Cooper’s Advisory Committee on Hospitality has announced changes to the current public health order in regards to bars and restaurants.

“It makes me feel like — while our concern for the income for the bartenders and servers and all the employees of the restaurants, is important — we realize this is a public health emergency,” said Randy Rayburn, owner of Midtown Cafe and Cabana.

As of Monday, November 30 at 12:01 a.m., capacity at restaurants and bars will be limited to a maximum of 50 percent, consistent with six feet of social distancing for a maximum of 100 patrons per floor (whichever is less).

“I think we have to do the ethical and the moral thing,” said Rayburn. Greed and need are two different things.”

In addition, food and beverage establishments will have to hold “last call” for service at 10 p.m. and stop admitting new customers at that time. This is to allow businesses to close by 11 p.m. in a more orderly way.

Barrett Hobbs is chairman of Mayor Cooper’s Advisory Committee on Hospitality.

“The mayor asked us, he said ‘Look: we’ve gotta do something. Your job is to help us find something that’s measured that will help and will let the public know that we are trying, and it won’t close your business,” said Hobbs.

Hobbs says the order will be in effect temporarily, but did not give a specific end date.

For more information about the public health order, visit

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