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Nashville Dining Rooms Remain Closed as Mayor Extends Safer at Home Order to May 8

Meanwhile, people in 89 of Tennessee’s other counties are returning to restaurant dining rooms

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Sam Angel / Eater Nashville

Mayor John Cooper announced in this morning’s press conference that the Safer at Home order in Nashville is extended one more week, to May 8. Takeout and delivery are still available, while restaurant dining rooms and bars remain closed.

Meanwhile, folks in 89 surrounding Tennessee counties were allowed to open this week at a lower seating capacity, operating under Governor Lee’s guidelines dubbed the Tennessee Pledge. Bars continue to be closed and live music banned throughout the state.

The six more populated counties are providing their own roadmaps. No timeline has been set here in Nashville for Mayor Cooper’s first phase of his roadmap to reopen the city, in which restaurants will be allowed to reopen with limited capacity and no bar service or live music. Cooper emphasized that Nashville’s reopening will be “data driven, not date driven”.

While there is no mandate for face masks, everyone is encouraged to wear one when in public. Nashville has had 2600 total cases of COVID-19, with 25 deaths.

Get more information at or contact the Tennessee Department of Health coronavirus information line at 877-857-2945 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT daily.