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Mayor Cooper Says All Restaurants Serving Alcohol Must Close at 10 PM Starting Friday

Cooper says the national attention placed on Nashville bars over the weekend and the case count resulted in the order

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Mayor John Cooper announced in this morning’s press conference that all restaurants, bars, and businesses that serve alcohol will be ordered to close at 10 p.m. beginning on Friday, July 24.

The previous order preventing bars from opening remains in effect through the end of month — including all transpotainment vehicles like party buses, limousines, and pedal taverns.

In the conference the mayor referred to the videos from Broadway over the weekend that made national news, and says clearly, more must be done to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Nashville. He said the new public health order will mandate restaurants and “those that operate as bars in practice”, plus any other businesses serving alcohol to close at 10 p.m. The mayor noted that take-out orders are drive through food orders are still allowed after 10 p.m.

Nashville still has a public mandatory mask order, but no citations have been issued as of now by Metro Police. Over 5,000 verbal warnings have been issued.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, MPHD officials announced a total of 18,076 cases, an increase of 240 in the past 24 hours. A total of one-hundred fifty-five (155) people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Between both confirmed and probable cases, 160 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.