Metro Council extends resolution allowing for sidewalk cafes through next year

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Posted at 10:40 AM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 11:40:08-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville is keeping rules that could help some restaurants rebound from the pandemic.

Last year, Metro Council passed a bill allowing restaurants to use their parking lots and sidewalks for additional outdoor seating. This was set to expire soon, but on Tuesday night, the council passed a resolution extending the bill until February 2022.

Currently, restaurants and bars can have up to 50% capacity inside, but the resolution allows them to serve more guests, cut down wait times and help businesses financially during a very difficult time for the industry. Restaurants that serve alcohol and bars can also now stay open until midnight as of Monday.

The National Restaurant Association says 110,000 restaurants have closed across the country since the pandemic began.