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18 citations, 3 arrests made Saturday on Lower Broadway for mask non-compliance

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Posted at 8:01 AM, Aug 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-09 09:01:57-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro police issued 18 citations and arrested three people on Lower Broadway on Saturday for violating Davidson County's mask mandate.

The department enhanced its enforcement in the downtown area this weekend, including citing 20 people and arresting a man who refused to wear a mask on Friday.

The maskless crowds on Lower Broadway gained national attention in the last month, prompting Mayor John Cooper to take extra strides in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in that area.

This included shutting down alcohol sales at 10 p.m. every night and limiting alcohol consumption and sales in the Lower Broadway and Midtown areas.

During a press conference this past week, Mayor Cooper asked tourists to follow the rules or stay home.

"If you are willing to follow the rules and respect the health and dignity of those living and working in our community, you are welcome here," he said. "Otherwise, Nashville is not the place for you."

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The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
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At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

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