NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Two Nashville bars were issued citations on Saturday night.
Complaints were called in about Dogwood and Rebar, both located in Midtown. According to Metro Health, a response team of MPHD, Metro Nashville Police, and Beer Board representatives canvassed the bars.
Dogwood was found out of compliance for being over capacity with patrons standing, drinking, and some unmasked.
Rebar was also found out of compliance as they were over capacity on the patio.
The establishments were issued citations. Dogwood and Rebar both elected to close for the evening. They were re-opened on Sunday afternoon.
This was also the first weekend that Metro’s phase 3 guidelines were in effect, which allowed bars to operate at half capacity and up to 100 people per floor.
That decision created mixed opinions from Nashville residents and tourists.
“So I feel like Broadway should be opened back up. Downtown should be opened back up. I feel safe going out. I feel like there is social distancing. If you don’t feel safe coming out, then stay at home. You know? Broadway is not for everybody,” Nashville resident, Crystal Wilcott said.
Nick Statzer and his wife brought friends from out of town to see some of Music City’s landmarks Sunday, but avoided going inside any bars. Instead they walked around the river front and listened to music from a distance.
“I feel like we can kind of get the gist without maybe having the risk,” Statzer said. “It’s numbers of people in a very small space. Its’ just going to inherently increase the risk.”
“We flew down so we kind of feel responsible to not introduce our germs to other people in clubs and stuff. Nor do we want to get exposed unknowingly or unwittingly from other people who may be exposed,” tourist Bharath Mittapalli said.
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