The local government in Nashville is taking steps to help stop the spread of coronavirus, but a bar that has Kid Rock’s name on it won’t be helping to do its part.
Steve Smith, who owns Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse, said that the Metro Board of Health’s plan to shut down all bars in Davidson County is “unconstitutional.”
“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,” 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 decision from the mayor to crack down on bars and restaurants in Nashville came after a video went viral over the weekend. The clip showed a bar in the Lower Broadway area of the city that was completely packed with people.
Health officials have continued to urge people to practice social distancing, which means doing your best to stay home and not gather in crowds.