Nashville restaurants and businesses that serve alcohol will soon close by 10 p.m., Mayor John Cooper announced at a July 21 press conference.

The new public health order, which Cooper said is expected to be issued by July 24, will affect restaurants, restaurants that have become bars "in practice" and other businesses that serve alcohol.

"This order is intended to enable our businesses to operate responsibly, while also discouraging those who come here and shirk their personal and societal responsibilities during this public health crisis," Cooper said.

Cooper's announcement comes after Metro Public Health Director Dr. Michael Caldwell amended Public Health Order No. 9 July 17 to require pedicabs, pedal carriages and limousines to close. The amended order also closes bars through at least July 31.

As of July 21, the Metro Public Health Department has reported a total of 18,076 coronavirus cases, including more than 5,600 active cases, in Davidson County. The department reported 240 cases in the last 24 hours.