Nashville has lifted its blanket capacity restrictions on restaurants and bars. No longer are they limited to 50% seating. Rather, they’re capped at 100 people per floor, no matter their square footage so long as social distancing can be achieved.
Starting Oct. 1, Nashville will raise the limits on events to a cap of 500 people, so long as that’s less than 30% capacity of the venue. This will allow the Grand Ole Opry, for instance, to host a socially-distanced crowd of 500 for upcoming shows.
More of Nashville’s coronavirus cases have been traced back to construction sites than to bars, according to new data on case clusters released by the city this week. Yet bars have received far more scrutiny from the Metro Public Health Department, which does not regularly conduct its own inspections of construction sites.
The further loosening is in response to continue improvement of coronavirus metrics. But it also comes as the city is being accused of overblowing the risk of restaurants and bars.
On Monday, Nashville will allow bars to start serving customers again with a cap of 25 customers at a time, though bar counters will still be closed. The loosening of current restrictions comes as the city has seen a decrease and stabilization of new coronavirus cases.