Nashville loosens COVID restrictions on restaurants, bars and events with vaccination rate improving

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Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced Wednesday he's loosening several restrictions on restaurants, bars and events starting Friday.

Cooper cited the city's increasing vaccination rate as a reason for easing restrictions.

Restaurants and bars will be allowed to return to 3 a.m. closing hours. They can also operate with 225 seated, socially distanced customers. 

Indoor dining parties now have a maximum of 15, and outdoor parties 25.

Outdoor arenas can increase capacity from 33% to 40%. 

Indoor events can have a capacity of 3,000 with health department approval. Higher-risk events can have up to 225 people.