NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Mayor John Cooper is keeping Nashville in a modified Phase Two, which means bars and restaurants that serve alcohol will still have to close at 10 p.m. each night. 

Last week, Cooper signed Public Health Order 9 requiring downtown businesses serving alcohol to shut down at 10 p.m.  On Tuesday, Cooper said he is extending the order. However, there is no end date for that order. 

"We're constantly going to evaluate that....the curfew did help," Cooper said. "More people are wearing masks, going to try and improve our way into a better health condition in Nashville."

Pedicabs, pedal carriages and limousines will also be stopped until midnight on August 16. While pedal taverns are included in the order, other “transportainment” vehicles, which weigh 10,000 pounds are regulated by the state and not under Metro jurisdiction.

"Early indications confirmed by Vanderbilt researchers show that the new protocols adopted here and your dedication to following them are working in Davidson County, as they are working in other cities and states that have adopted them. Nashville remains in serious but stable condition," Cooper said.

However, some Nashville's party buses are still rolling, but under new rules.

"What's the difference between six people on a bike pedaling or ten or 15 people on a truck partying and 30 people in a trolley site-seeing," Nick Lyons with Hell on Wheels said. 

Metro Police Department started enforcing the new party bus rules over the weekend.

"Last weekend was the first weekend of the restrictions," Hugh Atkins with Metro Health Department said. "We appreciate the work of the Metro Police Department in enforcing the restrictions."

However, there is a compromise. 

"Party wagons were not allowed to operate if the patrons are consuming alcohol," Atkins said. "Some of them chose to continued with no alcohol and also maintaining social distancing."

Nashville is seeing what may indicate signs of a slow down. The Music City remains in serious, but stable condition. The 14-day rolling trend has moved from red to yellow 392, now down to average of 342 new cases The transmission rate was 1.2 and is now .99.

"We're on a trail that leads us out of the wilderness, but we're not out of the woods," Cooper said.

While 88 of 95 counties are above threshold, Cooper said we are vulnerable to rural counties who aren't following strict guidelines.

"Our goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy," Dr. Alex Jahangir, who met with Dr. Deborah Birx on Monday, said. "Now please keep it up and don't let your guard down."

At the end of his briefing, the mayor was asked what he think about the suffering of taxpayers who might look at Metro government and see no sacrifices, all while Nashvillians are closing their businesses and having to pay more property taxes.

Cooper said there may be more suffering, but we will get through it.

"We don't want Metro employees to suffer. We don't want businesses to suffer. We don't want anybody to suffer," Cooper said. "We're just trying to manage together to get through this, and do this in as fair a way as possible."

 
 

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