Tennessee is one of the reopened states that’s seeing cases of COVID-19 spike. Why? Because of scenes like this inside Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk and Rock & Roll Steakhouse.
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This was last night at Kid Rock’s bar in Nashville. Our cases in TN are skyrocketing. All of our local, independent venues have been closed for three months, and there’s no sign of financial aid coming their way from our city, state, or the federal government. Steve Smith – the man who owns this bar, and many others in Nashville – gets a lot of air time and consideration from @johncooper4nashville and carries a lot of weight here in town. He has also reportedly been antagonizing people into removing their masks at his businesses and boycotting our shutdowns entirely. He likely wants to see all of our local independent venues fail because he stands to benefit financially from it while our local original music scene will collapse in on itself. He and his businesses have been a stain on this town for years now*. I don’t even really know what to say, except: speak up on behalf of our more sensible populace and our local businesses that have been hung out to dry. They need your help. *Please note, I don’t begrudge anyone for going to work right now. Unemployment and $1,200 are nowhere near enough, if you were even able to get it in the first place.
Tennessee rules say that during a Phase 2 reopening, bar seating should be at half capacity. People packed in like sardines? Check. No masks? Check. Everyone all sweaty and speaking loudly? Check and check.
Weirdly, only beer sales have been ordered suspended. They can still serve liquor and wine. Welcome to Nashville.