Nashville Mayor Cooper asks Broadway bars to close over coronavirus

Today, Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced today to combat the spread of the coronavirus he's announcing the closing of bars throughout Davidson County and severely limiting restaurant capacity.

“At my request, the Metro Nashville Board of Health will hold a special emergency meeting today at 5 p.m. to take action on a declaration of a public health emergency to address COVID-19," Cooper said in a statement. 

The actions include:

  • closing bars throughout Davidson County, including in the tourist-heavy Lower Broadway area;
  • limiting restaurant seating to under 50 percent of capacity, with no more than 100 individuals allowed in a given establishment; and
  • limiting bar service at restaurants to 50 percent capacity with no standing allowed.

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