Three Nashville women charged after hosting football watch party at their home

Police in Nashville, Tenn., have charged three women they allege hosted a football watch party at the home they share on Halloween in defiance of local coronavirus restrictions. 

Madilyn Dennington, Bailey Mills and Olivia Noe — all roommates — reportedly hosted a party with more than 100 people in attendance on Oct. 31, according to The Tennessean

Police told the newspaper all three women were issued misdemeanor citations and were served with court summonses. 


An affidavit in the case says that police responded to noise complaints at home on the city's east side. The complaints were about loud music and several people in the yard.

When police arrived on scene, the women told officers they were hosting a football watch party, according to the report. 

At the time, coronavirus restrictions stipulated no more than 25 people were allowed to gather in one place unless a special permit was granted by the local government. 

The Metro Health's environmental health services director confirmed to the outlet the Health Department did not receive an event application for the gathering.

Local health officials last week tightened lockdown measures in Nashville, trimming down the number of people allowed to gather to eight from 25 amid a spike in coronavirus cases there over recent weeks. 

Police said one of the women who organized the party is a registered nurse at a local hospital. 

The women are slated to appear in court on their charges Dec. 16.