Very strict guidelines at center of memo on Beale Street reopening

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — As Memphis and Shelby County start to reopen, Beale Street appears to be one of the next places on the list.

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Normally a packed tourist destination with live music and more, the Memphis staple has remained closed since the City of Memphis was put on-hold to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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FOX13 received an email from a source who says plans are being made to open it back up. But, it won’t look like your average night on Beale.

The memo does not say when it is expected to reopen.

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Below is the full memo sent to tenants on Beale Street:

Beale Street Tenants,

Due to Beale Street being an entertainment district that often attracts thousands of visitors a day, there needs to be additional temporary provisions put into place to ensure the proper social distancing standards and limitation of groups of no more than 10 people occurs. The City of Memphis, the Memphis Police Department and the Downtown Memphis Commission have discussed and decided what those additional temporary provisions will be. I have listed them below. In the event that you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to myself or Jennifer Oswalt. We thank you for your cooperation as we try to navigate through these unprecedented times and we look forward to working towards getting back to normal.

Conditions of Beale Reopening:

• Beale Street restaurants, shops, and clubs will be allowed to open; Beale Street as an entertainment district will remain closed.

• All gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

• Beale Street will be blocked off to vehicular traffic at 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and at 2:00 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Pedestrian traffic will be allowed only on sidewalks. Barricades will be placed up and down Beale Street similar to what is done for parades. MPD and Blue Suede Brigade will be positioned on the street to instruct the public that pedestrian traffic is limited to the sidewalks. Signage will be used as well.

• Live music and DJ’s is prohibited.

• The use of outdoor speakers is prohibited.

• The use of bar windows and beer carts is prohibited.

• The sale of “To Go” alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

• Customers are not allowed to carry alcoholic beverages from an establishment out onto Beale Street. All alcoholic beverages must be consumed by the customer inside the demised premise of the establishment.

• Beale Street Establishments will close daily at 10:00 p.m.