In his Thursday Covid-19 briefing, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee took time to address Nashville’s struggles in recovering its economy.
“Metro Nashville is the least rapidly recovering economy of all metro regions in the United States,” said Lee. “That means, in my view, our strategy in that particular place from an economic standpoint is not an effective one.”
Nashville Mayor John Cooper has recently come under national fire for an alleged lack of transparency with Covid-19 data in his city.
Cooper also elected to close bars and other businesses before the majority of the rest of the state during the pandemic. Cooper now has strict mask and bar curfew orders in Nashville as well.
Governor Lee also weighed in on the business restrictions that he calls not effective by saying, “that includes restrictions to businesses and their ability to operate, to employ, to generate revenue for our state and to the degree that we can lift those restrictions as soon as possible. That’s a strategy that I have taken and a strategy that I think we ought to take all across the state.”