Informants reportedly helped Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s restaurant police cite two downtown bars over the weekend.
WSMV reported that a task force cited Dogwood and Rebar, both on Division Street, on Saturday for having too many patrons, including on the patio. The task force had members from Metro Public Health Department, the Metro Nashville Police Department and the Metro Beer Board. The task force checked on Dogwood again on Sunday.
The task force was already on the prowl, but WSMV quoted two citizens who complained about the crowds, one of whom apparently contacted the authorities.
“I mean it’s appalling to me. I went over there to take a picture to report it to the health department,” said Nashville resident Andi McKeller. “Respect people’s health protect people abide by the rules.”
Both bars had to temporarily close, Fox 17 News said.
Cooper continues to limit restaurants and bars to 50 percent capacity despite massive evidence virtually clearing them of having any role in the spread of COVID-19. His administration is in Phase Three of reopening.
Dennis Ferrier of Fox 17 News has been documenting Cooper’s overreach. Last week, he reported that only 146 of Davidson County’s 25,000-plus coronavirus cases were tied to bars and restaurants, or less than one-half of one percent, as The Tennessee Star reported.
Ferrier said the Tennessee Hospitality Association reported that In June and July, Nashville restaurant numbers were down 41 percent compared to the remainder of the state being down 12 percent.
When Cooper announced at a July 2 press conference that he was shutting down all the city’s bars for 14 days and reducing restaurant capacity from 75 percent to 50 percent, due to “record” cases of COVID-19 traceable to restaurants and bars, he apparently knew that his own health department said very few cases were connected to those industries, The Star reported.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.