NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — With restaurants still serving at limited capacity, diners may find themselves waiting a little longer than usual. However, a new proposal could soon cut down that wait time and help businesses rebound amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Right now, restaurants in Davidson County can only operate at half-capacity. While the proposed bill doesn't change that, it does allow them to serve more guests.
If approved by Metro Council, businesses could use their parking lots and sidewalks for additional seating, but they still have to maintain a certain distance between tables.
Also, as long as a business has the right permits, alcohol can also be served. The one thing that restaurants would not be able to do, is block any handicapped parking spots with tables.
The proposal will be brought up for third reading at Tuesday night’s Metro Council Meeting. If it passes, the rule will be in effect until January 1.
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