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Maren Morris Outraged By Video Of Packed Nashville Bar Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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By Clark Sparky

While most Americans are doing their best to be responsible during the coronavirus outbreak and practice social distancing by staying home, some people still think it's their right to go out to packed bars. A video showing an incident of this in downtown Nashville went viral over the weekend.

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The clip was from a honky-tonk in the popular area of Lower Broadway. Country-pop star Maren Morris got a hold of the video and tweeted her outrage over the irresponsible behavior.

"While the rest of us are trying to be responsible in our homes and get this shit over with, THIS?! Broadway, you aren’t a hero for staying open," the Nashville resident wrote.

On Sunday, Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced all bars in Davidson County -- where the city is located -- will be closed until further notice. He also put a limit on restaurant capacity to 50 percent adn no more than 100 people, per the CDC's recommendations.

"We also are asking restaurants to take social distancing precautions, including the spacing out of tables for customers," Cooper said Sunday. "We are asking for these short-term actions based on recommendations of public health officials and health professionals and to protect the health of every person in our county and every visitor to our city."


Kid Rock's Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N' Roll Steakhouse in Nashville has made it clear that it doesn't plan to follow the Mayor's orders.

"Unless there's a statewide mandate that directs all bars and restaurants to be closed, the request made by Mayor Cooper is unconstitutional as he is targeting a select group of businesses," the bar's owner Steve Smith said in a statement. "We are compassionate with those who have contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus and all who are helping manage the crisis as the entire world addresses the outbreak. However, a Tootsie's patron as immediate as last night, mentioned having lived through the polio epidemic and didn't recall such extreme measures being handed down in history."

The CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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