Should Shelby County businesses be allowed to stay open later?

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — As COVID-19 numbers in Shelby County slow, should businesses be allowed to stay open later? It’s a question a county commissioner asks the Shelby County Health Director about Tuesday.

Director Alisa Haushalter told commissioners she’s getting a lot of questions about this. She said it is up for consideration. A lot depends on the outcome of the recent COVID-19 cases.

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Haushalter said her department is spending the next two weeks monitoring the impact of Labor Day weekend to see if it is safe to let businesses extend their hours.

“People are anxious to reopen," said Haushalter. "It’s beautiful outside, people want to socialize and our message to people is we have to stay the course or continue the course.  We have to continue for the next couple of weeks to see the impact of Labor Day. We don’t want to see what we saw in July, the 4th of July.”

Haushalter told commissioners there is plenty of testing capacity.

If the health department makes a recommendation to let businesses extend their hours, that means some businesses may stay open later on Fridays and Saturdays.

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