Nashville mayor bans gatherings of more than eight people ahead of Thanksgiving

Nashvillians will be prohibited from holding public or private gatherings of more than eight people without permission from the Metro Public Health Department, Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced Thursday.

The public health rule will go into effect Monday – three days before Thanksgiving – and applies “whether you are at a restaurant or your backyard,” according to a graphic released by the mayor’s office.

Cooper announced the “Rule of 8” requirement only 24 hours after speaking Wednesday at a socially distanced gathering of roughly 40 attendees, including Gov. Bill Lee and other state officials, announcing the expansion of a Nashville-based biotech company.

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