Following the city’s plan to gradually loosen restrictions as more residents are vaccinated, Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced that starting Friday at 12:01 AM, bars and restaurants will be allowed to stay open until their normal closing time of 3 AM.
That’s right – NO MORE CURFEW.
Corresponding with over 30% of Nashville residents having received a vaccine, the following capacity increases go into effect on Friday.
Bars and restaurants will also be able to increase their capacity to 225 patrons per floor, up from the 175 allowed under the current restrictions. Guests will still be required to remain seated and socially distanced inside – although, if you’ve been to Nashville recently you may be surprised to learn this requirement is still in effect because it seems like most bars have given up even trying to enforce it at this point.
Restaurants can increase their table size to up to 15 people inside and 25 outside, which also corresponds with limits on gathering size. And outdoor arenas are now allowed up to 40% capacity, while indoor arenas can have up to 33%.
Nashville has been gradually easing their restrictions for several months now, and the tourists are coming back in full force ready to take advantage.
A few weeks ago, photos went viral showing the streets of downtown Nashville packed like they were before the pandemic (and honestly, I think they’re even more packed now than they were before).
Here's a look at Broadway tonight, the first night Nashville bars can stay open until 2 a.m. since the pandemic began 👀👀👀 pic.twitter.com/qfT1cMgPsz