Resolution to limit occupancy, close restaurants, bars that serve alcohol at 10 p.m. passes

This will be the second special meeting the board has called within a week.
Published: Nov. 22, 2020 at 6:00 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2020 at 10:19 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knox County Board of Health passed an amended resolution Monday night to limit dining occupancy and have a curfew on restaurants and bars.

The resolution passed 9-0 with the following amendments:

  • 50% dining occupancy at restaurants and bars
  • 10 p.m. curfew at restaurants and bars
  • Tables at restaurants and bars limited to 8 people if not from the same household
  • Restaurants and bars will be allowed to remain open past 10 p.m. for carryout only.

The amendment will start on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and end on Dec. 23 with possible renewal.

The board of health proposed a social gathering limitation to 8 people, the regulation has been withdrawn until Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Wednesday, Nov. 25 meeting has been canceled and the board of health will now be meeting on Dec. 2, 16 and 30.

In Friday’s meeting, Dr. Martha Buchanan, head of the Knox County Health Department, revealed the county had hit a red light benchmark in cases saying, “These are the worst numbers we’ve seen.” She said the White House Coronavirus Task Force has suggested Tennessee tighten some of its restrictions, but added “We’re not suggesting we close everything down”.

Dr. Patrick O’Brien clarified that Knox County would not be taking measures like Kentucky.

“We are not going to be Kentucky,” said Dr. Patrick O’Brien. He added that they needed more enforcement options.

As of Monday, November 23, there were 2,332 active COVID-19 cases, 99 current hospitalizations and 152 total deaths in the county.

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