Nashville increases event capacity Sept. 1

    (Photo: John Partipilo for the Tennessee Lookout)
    (Photo: John Partipilo for the Tennessee Lookout)

    Starting next month, citizens will be allowed to host parties again, albeit at limited capacity and as long as people continue to socially distance, said Nashville Mayor’s staff member Fabian Bedne in his weekly Spanish-language press conference.

    Weddings, funerals and similar events will be permitted in event centers starting Sept. 1 at a maximum of 125 people. The move to larger capacity events comes about two weeks before the Sept. 16 Mexican Independence Day, which is typically a big day of celebration for immigrants from Mexico and those of Mexican heritage. Nashville’s immigrant community, including Latino immigrants, has been heavily affected by the COVID-19 virus spread.

    “This isn’t an excuse to rent out your backyard though,” said Bedne, adding such activities still hold legal consequences if said owners do not hold commercial licenses.

    The limited capacity is to ensure people remain under control for party administrators. Masks are still required. 

    Reports of football games held across county lines resulted in Bedne’s warning the community that the virus doesn’t stop at the border. The impact of spreading the virus will be felt in Nashville, warned Bedne, and make it more difficult for state facilities, such as schools, to reopen. 

    Those who have recovered from the virus can get infected again as the virus mutates. City officials are encouraging citizens to get flu shots to prevent a “twindemic.” Bedne said the combination of having two viruses at play can be deadly.