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Shelby County Leaders Announce Back to Business Strategy

Post Date:04/27/2020 12:34 PM

Working through the Joint COVID-19 Task Force, Shelby County government, the City of Memphis, and the six suburban municipalities have implemented proactive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. These measures have helped mitigate the progression of the disease locally.

While the community should remain vigilant about adhering to social distancing guidelines and hygiene practices, local governments must also evaluate introducing measures that alleviate some burdens on the economy — while also balancing the need to protect citizens. A phased approach, informed by data and constantly monitored and adjusted, is the most prudent strategy for this. The approach will be informed by indicators (measurements of the status of the pandemic) and conditions (measurements of our capacity to deal with the pandemic), with policies and phasing flowing in response.

At this time, the Shelby County Health Department is monitoring data to determine when Phase 1 of the plan can be implemented.

Details are available in the following documents: 
Back to Business Framework
Back to Business Framework Grid
Back to Business Compliance Protocol

Germantown businesses with questions about this plan may email A team is being established to help businesses interpret and comply with the plan. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. 


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