MNPD: 3 Mask Arrests, 52 Citations; 4 Parties Busted Labor Day Weekend

By Jason Hall

September 8, 2020

The Metro Nashville Police Department announced its total number of enforcement actions during Labor Day weekend.

The department said three individuals were arrested and 52 citations were handed out in relation to violations of Nashville's mask mandate, according to an MNPD news release Tuesday afternoon. The department also confirmed four large parties were busted during the holiday weekend.

Metro Police reported one individual was arrested in downtown Nashville on Saturday night for not complying with the Nashville Health Department's mask order. Two other individuals were also arrested downtown for not following the mask mandate on Sunday night.

MNPD reported 12 citations were issued on Friday, 29 on Saturday, and 11 on Sunday to individuals who failed to comply with the Nashville Health Department's mask order. The department confirmed zero citations were handed out on Monday.

Metro Police said a large house party on West End Avenue was shut down on Friday night. The person who threw the party was sited and agreed to shut it down, according to police.

Early Sunday morning, officers responded to Panobes Bar on Rivergate Parkway, where they found an estimated 300 to 500 individuals gathered for a special event, far exceeding social distancing protocols and most were reported to have not worn masks upon the department's arrival. The party was shut down and the manager of the business was issued a state misdemeanor citation.

Additionally, the department responded to Ambrosia Hookah Bar on Ewing Drive shortly after midnight and found 50 to 75 people, most without masks, quickly leaving. The owner of the business was issued a state misdemeanor citation.

MNDP East Precinct officers also noticed an unusual number of cars parked on side streets just off Main Street Saturday. Officers went to the 700 block of Main Street and found an estimated 500 individuals gathered.

The owner of the building said he rented it to a California-based company for an art exhibition. No representative of the company could be located by police.

The building owner was issued a state misdemeanor citation for violation of Health Department orders.

Five "transpotainment" vehicles were also cited on Saturday for operating in violation of Health Department guidelines. Four of the operatiors were from Honky Tonk Party vehicles, while the fifth was from the Big Green Tractor.

Additionally, the operator of the Ultimate Party Bus "transpotainment" vehicle was cited for operating in violation of Health Department guidelines. Metro Police said an estimated 9,600 individuals were reminded of the city's mask mandate including an estimated 2,500 on Friday night, 4,2000 on Saturday, 2,300 on Sunday and 600 on Monday.

On Tuesday, the Nashville Health Department reported a total of 26,827 total confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 141 new cases and 1,124 active cases, in Davidson County.

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