The city of Nashville lifted all restrictions on businesses on May 14, 2021. Tennessee counties are encouraged to drop mask mandates, and the state is considering removing their ability to continue to impose them.
Restaurants and bars are given authority to determine their own capacity limits in order to achieve appropriate social distancing and ensure safety in each unique situation. These establishments are encouraged to minimize walk-up customers and congregation if bar or counter service is offered.
In Nashville, restaurants that serve alcohol will be able to stay open an additional hour beginning January 22. Any restaurant that does not serve alcohol may return to regular hours without restrictions. Social distancing rules will remain in place inside restaurants. With this change, restaurants that serve alcohol will now be allowed to offer service until 11 p.m. and will close at midnight.
As of October 10, 2020 amidst many mask mandates nationwide, Tennessee opted out of a statewide mask mandate, and instead encouraged mayors to enforce when necessary.
The Governor repealed all restaurant and bar restrictions on September 29, 2020 however, individual county health departments in larger cities such as Nashville and Memphis will be able to continue to determine their own regulations.
All restaurants and bars must continue to adhere to national social distancing guidelines and sanitation requirements.
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