White House issues statement on Nashville party that hundreds attended


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —The White House has issued a statement regarding an East Nashville party where hundreds gathered over the weekend.

Hundreds attended the party at 21 Fern Avenue Saturday for "The Fashion House," their Instagram page says it's a tribute to the high-end fashion designers and iconic brands. The party grew much criticism from the community and Metro Council members.

FOX 17 News reached out to the White House regarding the party and a White House official responded:

The President encourages all Americans to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by washing their hands, maintaining social distancing, and wearing a mask when distancing is not possible. Last week, Dr. Birx joined Governor Lee in urging Tennesseans to follow CDC guidelines to keep both themselves, their parents and loved ones, and their neighbors healthy.

Nashville is currently in a modified Phase Two of its reopening plan after reverting back from Phase Three last month amid a continuing upward trend of COVID-19 cases in Music City. Under Phase Two with modifications, an event is to be limited to a gathering size of 25 people. Mayor John Cooper tweeted Monday the party is a "clear violation" of Nashville's modified Phase Two Public Health Order.

Metro Police and the District Attorney’s Office are now criminally investigating Saturday night’s party at The Fashion House in East Nashville.

That evening, Metro Police say officers advised the host of the party of the violations and asked to shut down the party. They also ticketed and towed some cars but didn’t issue any other citations or violations.

Mayor Cooper also posted a Stop Use Order on The Fashion House’s property for illegally operating a commercial business in a residential district.

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