Nashville COVID-19 Updates for the Hospitality Industry

Coronavirus Affects in Davidson County

We are in unprecedented territory and with that comes unprecedented action. The COVID-19, or Coronavirus, pandemic has officially changed the rules of the game of life.

Sunday, March 15th, the Mayor’s Office through the Department of Health declared a public health emergency. Included in the declaration was a mandate for all restaurants and bars in Davidson County:

  • Bars with less than 50% food sales are to close;
  • Restaurants with 50% or more food sales may remain open, but limit capacity to half of their maximum occupancy;
  • No more than 100 people will be allowed, regardless of capacity;
  • No Standing at bars;
  • Bars are to be limited to 50% of their seating capacity;
  • Provide space between tables to allow for “social distancing.”

The two questions that we have had the most are: 1. Can they do that? And 2. What are they going to do to help the business and employees impacted by this new mandate?

First, to put it as plainly as possible, yes, the government most likely can mandate this under the laws and rules governing the Department of Health. That being said, this is, again, fairly unprecedented action.

Second, while we are confident that some assistance will ultimately come, what it will look like and how much it will help are still a mystery.

During this time, Schaffer Law Firm is open for business and continuously monitoring this ever-evolving situation.

We encourage every business owner out there to pay attention to the mandates that come from Metro Government, the State of Tennessee, and the Centers for Disease Control. Now is a time to come together to ensure the most vulnerable remain healthy.

Stay safe. Wash your hands. Stay home.


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