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John Rich Reportedly Closes His Redneck Riviera Bar in Nashville Due to Outbreak of Coronavirus

Kareena Koirala
Mar 18, 2020
02:00 P.M.
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The world continues to suffer due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and Tennesse is no exception. Amid the turmoil, singer John Rich has made an effort to prevent the spreading of the potentially deadly virus by closing out his Redneck Riviera Bar in Nashville. 


While many states including New York, Jersey, and Connecticut have ordered restrictions on public life due to the coronavirus pandemic, Nashville is also feeling the effect. 

The "Big & Rich" singer, John Rich, is one of the bar owners in Nashville who is taking a precautionary step to avoid the COVID-19 infection by shutting down his bar. 

John Rich of the band Big & Rich is seen at Mount Richmore on January 05, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. | Source: Getty Images



In a lengthy statement shared by "Pop Culture," Rich shared that the Nashville mayor, John Cooper, advised the bars on Lower Broadway until further notice. 

"We here at John Rich’s Redneck Riviera Bar & BBQ have the safety and health of our employees, customers, family and friends at the forefront of our concerns."


In the same statement, the singer also mentioned that his bar has a "strict and compliant rule" when it comes to hygiene. Redneck has installed multiple hand-sanitizing stations.

Besides that, the bar held informational meetings with its staff and entertainers. Rich ended his message with a promise that his bar will continue its operations after the corona situation is under control and urged people to stay safe and healthy. 



Rich might have complied with the mayor's notice to close down the bars in Nashville for a certain time, but there were some other bar owners who refused to halt operations

Steve Smith, the owner of Kid Rock's Honky Tonky Rock N' Roll Steakhouse, initially refused to follow the mayor's orders to close bars in Davidson County. He even called the mandate "unconstitutional." 


Eventually, Smith decided to close the bar. In a statement to "Variety," a representative for Smith shared that Kid Rock's Honky Tonky has decided to stay closed. 

"We hope to continue working with local officials to minimize the hardship this puts on our over 800 staff members and 300+ musicians."


Derek Bentley and Luke Bryan also made it to the list of people who closed down their bars in Nashville. As of today, there have been 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the area. 

We at AmoMama do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDC, WHO, or Local Health Departments to stay updated. Take care!