Metro police on Saturday cited two “transpotainment” drivers on Broadway for continuing to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Transpotainment” vehicles, which frequently feature shouting, inebriated tourists and loud music, include but are not limited to converted school buses, hot tubs, barges or tractors. Pedal taverns are also considered “transpotainment” vehicles. They are largely found on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville.
Police issued citations at 6:15 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. on Saturday.
The citations came after the vehicles continued to operate despite a public health order that took effect Friday directing such vehicles to stop operating. The health order was part of an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Prior to the Friday public health order, “transpotainment” vehicles were allowed to continue to operate without alcohol. But officials bolstered the order after photos emerged of people on “transpotainment” vehicles wearing no masks while holding plastic cups. The lack of masks came as Nashville continues to have a mask mandate.
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Published 9:59 AM EDT Aug 2, 2020