Nashville Mayor John Cooper has issued a new public health order that will prohibit downtown and Midtown restaurants and bars from selling alcohol to patrons who don’t intend on drinking inside their establishment or at home. It will take effect Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
In recent weeks, the city has been pressured to be more aggressive in enforcing the city’s mask mandate. Today’s announcement follows criticism that the first person to be arrested for violating the order was a Black man who is experiencing homelessness and not partygoers.
Order 10 prohibits:
- the open consumption or possession in an open container of any alcoholic beverage outside of permitted establishments;
- any sale of alcohol by a restaurant except when sold for consumption on premises or for off-premises delivery;
- any sale of alcohol by a limited service or restaurant or bar except when sold for off-premises delivery; and
- all curbside and to-go sales of alcoholic beverages.