Nashville restaurants, bars to be restricted to 50% capacity due to COVID-19 spike

Posted at 4:23 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 17:35:07-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville is taking a step back in its COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants and bars. Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, at 12:01 a.m., restaurants and bars will be limited to a maximum of 50% capacity, with social distancing.

The businesses must operate at half capacity with six-feet of social distancing for a max of 100 patrons per floor (whichever is less), according to the Metro Public Health Department.

At 10 p.m., businesses will have to give a 10 p.m. "last call" for food and beverages and close their doors to new customers. Health Dept. officials said that will help businesses close at 11 p.m. in a more orderly way.

Click here for more information on the Nashville COVID-19 plan.

Mayor John Cooper made the announcement Monday, in response to the continued spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in Tennessee. Cooper also added that the decision was made out of concerns over hospital capacity.