NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Super Bowl Sunday typically brings a big boost in businesses to bars and restaurants, but this year was different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Davidson County, bars and restaurants that serve alcohol are permitted to operate at a maximum of 50 percent capacity, and no more than 8 people are allowed at each table. The businesses may remain open until midnight. Sales of alcohol must end at 11 p.m.
During last year's Super Bowl, customers say M.L. Rose in Capitol View was packed with people. This year, numbers were smaller due to capacity restrictions. Multiple customers also opted to get takeout and watch the game at home.
"Everybody is ordering Uber Eats," said Mary Catherine Chambliss, who was handling takeout orders at M.L. Rose. "It has been super busy."
Bar employees said safety continues to be a top priority. All tables are spaced 6 feet apart, masks are required, menus have been made digital, and hand sanitizer is placed throughout the bar. A sign at the door reminds customers to follow safety measures.
"They’ve made this environment as safe as possible," said Chelsea Givens, a regular customer at M.L. Rose "They have done what they can do to make sure their guests feel safe."
Givens said it was important for her to visit her favorite neighborhood bar in person on Super Bowl Sunday.
"We’re still having a great time, but we’re also ensuring that we are giving money back to our community," said Givens.