Metro Nashville's ban on 'transpotainment' vehicles now in effect

In addition to bars, pedal taverns and other "transpotainment" vehicles regulated by the city must close. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
In addition to bars, pedal taverns and other "transpotainment" vehicles regulated by the city must close. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

In addition to bars, pedal taverns and other "transpotainment" vehicles regulated by the city must close. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

Following an amended order signed July 30 by Metro Public Health Director Dr. Michael Caldwell, all "transpotainment" vehicles in the city, such as party buses and pedal pubs, are barred from operating from July 31 through at least Aug. 16.

The order, which initially ran through the end of July, mandates that vehicles for hire stay closed as part of the city's modified Phase 2 reopening.


In the earlier order, there was some confusion as to whether vehicles could continue to operate provided they ceased serving alcohol on board; however, the amended order calls for all vehicles designed to transport more than 15 passengers close to the public.

The order does not include vehicles operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority or for regular buses providing public transportation on a fixed route.

Read the full amended order here.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.