The Nashville Metro Council on Tuesday gave Mayor John Cooper the authority to deputize certain city workers to issue citations against bars and restaurants that violate his coronavirus restrictions, The Tennessean reported.
Metro Health Department employees are overworked in trying to combat businesses, the newspaper said. Only workers who already have citation powers will be authorized to serve as restaurant police, according to the bill that passed on third reading. The mayor must still given written permission to workers to use this new power.
This nearly four-hour-long meeting was Metro Council’s first in-person meeting since April 6.
The Metro Council was discussing deputizing city workers back in September, WMOT reported. One official was worried about overworking the Health Department because of businesses reopening.
Cooper’s move is the latest in his feud against bars and restaurants, especially on Lower Broadway, as The Tennessee Star recently reported.
Dennis Ferrier of Fox 17 has revealed how Cooper cracked down on restaurants and bars despite knowing they accounted for less than one-half of one percent of Davidson County’s 25,000-plus coronavirus cases, as The Star has reported.
Cooper began limiting capacity to 50 percent after a July 2 press conference, citing “record” cases tied to bars and restaurants, even though he reportedly knew better, The Star said.
Citizens who have decided to fight Cooper’s coronavirus crackdown and 34 percent property tax hike continue to mount an effort to recall him, with some organizing on the Restore Nashville website and Re-open Nashville Facebook page.
A “Recall Mayor Cooper Petition Kickoff Rally” is scheduled for October 12 at 1 p.m. Public Square.
Organizers say: “Protest Mayor Cooper & have some fun.”
There will be a recall petition, music, food trucks and more.
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