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All Shelby County Municipalities Move to Phase 2 of Back to Business Plan

Post Date:05/18/2020 4:00 PM

During a daily news briefing on Monday, the Shelby County Health Department announced its recommendation to move to Phase 2 of the county-wide Back to Business Plan. Officials from the Shelby County Health Department have carefully studied the data and have reported that COVID-19 cases within the county remain stable at this time. The mayors of Memphis, Shelby County and the six surrounding municipalities have determined that Phase 2 will be implemented as of May 18 and remain in effect for 21 days.

On Monday, close personal contact businesses such as nail salons, spas and tanning facilities are allowed to reopen with specific capacity and operation restrictions as outlined in the sector-specific framework. In addition, gyms and other physical fitness facilities can move from 25% to 50% capacity during Phase 2. City staff continues to work closely with local businesses to prepare for the reopening. A complete list of requirements is available here. Businesses with questions are encouraged to email

“We are excited to allow additional businesses to open in our City and to expand the capacity for others,” said Mayor Mike Palazzolo. “We know this has been a difficult time for our business owners and their employees. Let’s do what we can to support them by shopping local, wearing masks when in public and following guidelines for social distancing,” Palazzolo added. 

While the County continues to move forward with the Back to Business Plan, residents are asked to continue to practice social distancing and to wear a mask when in public spaces. All CDC guidelines should be followed to help ensure that reopening efforts are successful. Phase 2 of the plan also prohibits the gathering of purposeful groups of 50 or more.

During Phase 2, the following City of Germantown facilities will be allowed to reopen in a restricted manner.

  • The Germantown Community Library will reopen its doors to the public on Tuesday, May 19 at 50% capacity. The library’s hours of operations will be Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursday from 1 to 5:30 p.m. To enter the library, visitors over two years of age must be wearing a mask; visitors will also be required to check their temperature using an infrared thermometer provided by the library; visitors will need to disinfect the thermometer before and after use; visitors will also be asked a series of health screening questions. All visitor health screening information will be kept confidential and will not be recorded for future use. 

    • Children, up to and including those 15 years of age, must have direct parental/guardian supervision. 

  • In this phase, the Germantown Community Library will have a “keep-moving” environment for visitors. Visitors will be able to briefly peruse the library collection and check out library materials at the circulation desk. Staff will be available, inside the Library, to help visitors locate and check out library materials to allow other visitors to enter the building in a timely manner.

  • The Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center and the Friends of the Germantown Community Library Bookstore will remain closed to the public. In addition, the library will still not be accepting volunteers at this time.

  • The Germantown Athletic Club will be allowed to increase capacity from 25% to 50%. Any additional information or changes will be communicated directly to Club members. 

  • The Germantown Performing Arts Center auditorium and lobby will remain closed to the public. Beginning this week, GPAC will conduct small group tours of the Grove. 

  • As of Sunday, May 17, the Great Hall & Conference Center has reopened to small group rentals. 

  • Germantown Municipal Court activities are currently scheduled to resume on June 3. 

  • City Hall remains closed to the public, but service delivery is not impacted.

Compliance issues may be reported by calling non-emergency dispatch at 757-7338. General questions about Phase 2 reopening plans should be directed to 757-7200 or

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