In the Shelby County COVID-19 task force press conference, Health Officer Bruce Randolph announced that bars (limited-service restaurants) will be able to open tomorrow after the new health directive goes into effect at midnight. However, they will have to follow the same rules as full-service restaurants, including
- Bar seating must remain closed
- Alcohol can only be served to customers also being served food and who are seated at a table
- Maximum stay for dine-in service 2 hours
- 10 PM is still the mandated closing time; restaurants can stay open past 10 for take-out but can’t sell to-go alcohol after 10
In summary, it was the least they could do. The very least.
If Health Directive No. 12 is posted this afternoon, I’ll update this post to include a link.