Shelby County mayors express concern over health directive’s impact on economy

WATCH: Shelby County mayors express concern over health directive’s impact on economy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two Shelby County mayors are concerned about a new health directive that could shut down bars and gyms.

The new health directive from the Shelby County Health Department is expected today or Monday.

The mayors of Bartlett and Arlington said the SCHD will likely shut down bars and gyms, according to a phone call both had with health officials.

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Arlington Mayor Mark Wissman said he doesn’t want to see anything closed.

“I think we learned during the last time this happened that everything is essential,” Wissman said.

Wissman said he’s been asking for consistency throughout the pandemic.

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald said one of the complaint he’s heard since April is that the people making decisions are not elected by the people.

Both mayors said the SCHD could shut down restaurants and allow to-go orders only, something they fear will hurt the local economy.

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COVID-19 cases have continued to rise across Shelby County, causing hospitalizations to increase.

On Thursday the SCHD reported 389 new cases.

Earlier in the week, a record high of 835 cases were reported.