If you live in Nashville and you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with nine or more friends or loved ones then think again.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper told Davidson County residents Thursday, via his Facebook page, that they may not have that many guests.
“Effective Monday, November 23. Restrict all gatherings to eight people if you must gather. Eight people is the limit whether you are at a restaurant or your backyard,” according to Cooper’s announcement, which he called his “Rule of Eight.”
“Limit public and private gatherings to eight people. Record COVID hospitalizations are straining hospitals. Restricting social contacts is critical to stopping the spread of COVID. Please reconsider any plans to gather with people outside of your household, including Thanksgiving.”
Put mildly, Cooper’s orders didn’t sit well with some people, at least going by the comments under Cooper’s post.
Shannon Marie told Cooper that he allowed rioting downtown last May, despite COVID-19.
“You can plant tulips on my backside,” Marie said.
Jordan and Brandi Griffin asked Cooper the following:
“You and what army are going to walk into every PRIVATE residence and stop us? This is a Constitutional Republic, your majesty Orwell. You work for us, remember? Sit down.”
As reported this month, emails reveal how Cooper and members of his staff mishandled the COVID-19 emergency and downplayed the number of COVID-19 cases coming from the city’s bars and restaurants. Cooper later ordered those bars and restaurants closed.
“Candidly, Cooper’s level of transparency on this will get an F from me. They pretend like there was [transparency]. But there really wasn’t,” Metro Nashville At-Large Council member Steve Glover said at the time.
As The Tennessee Star reported in September, a Nashville attorney who represents Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk owner Steve Smith said Cooper misstated facts when he said White House officials influenced him to close bars on lower Broadway to contain COVID-19.
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