New health directive will not include shutdown, Restaurant Association President says

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The next health directive from the Shelby County Health Department will not include a shutdown, the President of the Memphis Restaurant Association Ernie Mellor told FOX13 Friday.

Mellor said he’s been talking with Director Alicia Haushalter and said the new directive will include keeping dining rooms open but it will shorten hours of operation and set new capacity limits.

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Mellor told FOX13 he doesn’t know how early they will have to close or if the capacity limits will be limiting people per table or in the restaurant total. HE said those specific details will be in the directive.

Mellor told FOX13 the directive should be coming out Friday and take effect on either Monday or Tuesday.

FOX13 reached out to the Shelby County Health Department for comment. A spokesperson said it would be premature to comment until the new directive is issued.

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