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Resolution to close restaurants, bars that serve alcohol at 11 p.m. passes

The Knox County Board of Health passed an amended resolution Wednesday night that orders restaurants and bars that serve alcohol at 11 p.m.
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 4:27 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2020 at 8:35 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knox County Board of Health passed an amended resolution Wednesday night that orders restaurants and bars that serve alcohol to close at 11 p.m.

The resolution passed 8-1 with a dissenting vote from Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs. It’s set to last for 28 days will go into effect Friday.

A group represented by the Isaacs Law Firm sent a letter to the board, asking for the resolution to be tabled on behalf of a number of local restaurants.

The board also passed a resolution to limit gatherings, which is intended to "ensure that no more than 25 persons congregate within the same 900 square feet, unless they are residing in the same household:

“This Regulation, all public or private gatherings of more than twenty-five (25) persons age twelve (12) years or older outdoors within the same 900 square feet at any given time within Knox County, other than gatherings consisting exclusively of persons residing in the same household, are prohibited if that 900 square feet is entirely or partially within thirty feet (30′) of any restaurant, club, or any other business of any kind which either sells for on-premises consumption, or permits the on-premises consumption of, “alcoholic beverages” or “beer” as they are defined under Tennessee Law.”

It passed 8-1.

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