Nashville eases pandemic restrictions just as COVID-19 new infection counts turn higher
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- Nashville residents and tourists can hang out at their favorite bars a little longer beginning this week.
Metro officials on Monday updated pandemic health restrictions allowing bars and restaurants that serve alcohol to remain open until 1 a.m. Capacity limits in those establishments have been eased a bit as well, but party size at any one table remains limited to eight customers.
Other changes include large venue capacity being doubled from 500 patrons to 1000. Group gathering limits are up from 8 people to 25.
However, social distancing guidelines and a mask mandate remain in force throughout the city.
Metro's COVID-19 new case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths fell sharply beginning this past December. However, the city's virus metrics have turned slightly higher over the past six days.