Coronavirus: Shelby County safety measures for residents, businesses and schools

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and the Shelby County Health Department issued a new coronavirus directive.

Directive Number 9 provides more limits on bars and restaurants, instructions for schools and guidance for Shelby County residents and employers.

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The directive goes into effect Sunday at midnight.

FOX13 has compiled a list of some of the new rules.

All businesses and services in Shelby County may open for business with the following exceptions:

1) Bars/Limited-Service Restaurants and Clubs

• Beer/wine/liquor production facilities that are not otherwise licensed as restaurants may continue to operate their production enterprise, but on-premises consumption of alcohol, inside or outside, cannot occur at this time.

• If properly permitted by local and state law, any curb-side, drive-thru, or delivery services may continue, but any such sales of alcoholic beverages must end at 10 p.m.

2) Full-Service Restaurants that have a gross annual revenue from the sale of prepared food that is 50% or less than the gross annual revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages regardless of their licensure by the Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission.

3) Adult entertainment venues

4) Festivals, fairs, parades, large-scale sporting events, and large-scale community events unless the Department has approved a site-specific plan for conducting the event. 

Safety Measures for Individuals:

• Individuals must cooperate with health authorities’ efforts to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19.

• Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must report this information to the Department by faxing the information to 901-222-8249 or by calling 901-426-2624 (or the COVID Call Center at 833-943-1658) to discuss a case they wish to report. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must notify those who are known to have been in contact with them.

• Individuals should stay at home when possible and limit unnecessary activity.

• Individuals should practice social distancing, which means keeping at least 6 feet of space between yourself and other people outside of your home.

• Individuals must wear cloth face coverings or masks that cover the nose and mouth in public settings where being in close proximity to others is anticipated and particularly where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain at all times.

Cloth face coverings or masks should not be placed on young children under the age of two or required of any children twelve and under if they cannot understand how and when to wear a face mask, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

• Individuals must avoid using communal items and products that are shared with people who are not of the same household; such items include writing utensils, condiment containers, and work-related devices.

• Individuals may assist all businesses that are closed under this Directive with minimum basic operations consisting in performing activities at their own residences.

Schools/ Universities

• Scholastic and other organized teams not deemed to be high-risk as determined by the National Federation of State High School Associations may conduct more comprehensive practices, but contact must be limited and all other social distancing principles should apply as much as is practicable. 

• High-risk sports include for example wrestling, football, lacrosse, competitive cheer, and dance, and other similar high-contact sports activities should follow safety measures contained in any current Directive, and any protocols/guidance provided by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA), the Tennessee Department of Education, the Tennessee Department of Health, and the CDC.

• Schools, School Systems, Daycare and Childcare businesses may operate, provided that they implement screening procedures, develop safe drop-off and pickup procedures, ensure additional steps are taken to enhance personal hygiene of employees, (including wearing face coverings that cover the nose and mouth), and provide regular sanitization efforts within the facilities themselves.

• Colleges and Universities, through their governing boards and presidents, retain sole responsibility in making decisions on providing instruction to their students while protecting the health and safety of their students, faculty, and staff.

Safety Measures for all Services and Businesses

• Cooperate with health authorities’ efforts to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19.

• Request technical assistance from the Department when needed.

• Comply with all federal and state business COVID-19 safety requirements, whether industry-specific or not, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.

• Place prominent informational signs at entrances that employees, patrons, and all others must not enter if they are sick or currently have signs or symptoms of COVID-19

• Ensure proper ventilation in all indoor areas of any business location.

• Require all employees, customers and visitors to wear a mask or cloth face covering while within their establishments. Employees are not required to wear masks when at their desk or workstation so long as the workstation is greater than 6 feet from any other employee and they do not share that workstation with any other employee.

• Health checks and screenings for fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) or other signs and symptoms of COVID-19 must be performed at the start of each employee’s shift so that any employee that exhibits such symptoms may not enter any workplace.

• Report to the Department any employee who has had contact with a person who tests or has tested positive for COVID-19.

• If an employer is informed that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the area(s) where the employee worked should be closed for cleaning and disinfecting pursuant to CDC and OSHA guidance.

• Report to the Department any employee who has had contact with a person who tests or has tested positive for COVID-19.

•Increase regular housekeeping practices for all areas to more than twice a day cleanings, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, high-touch surfaces, work areas, break rooms, bathrooms, common areas, and any other areas of the work environment.

• Limit the number of people who can enter a facility at any time to no more than 50% of listed occupancy and ensure that people inside can easily maintain a minimum 6-foot distance from each other at all times.

To read more of the safety measures, visit the Shelby County Health Department website.

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