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Memphis mayor orders all non-essential businesses to close, residents to stay home

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland on Monday ordered all non-essential businesses to close and residents to stay at home for the next two weeks.

“As you are well aware now, we are in serious, unprecedented times which call for decisive actions to keep everyone safe,” Strickland said.

Shelby County, along with suburban cities, are under similar orders.

The Safer at Home Executive Order will go into effect on Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Residents will be required to stay at home unless deemed as having an essential Memphis News job or for essential needs (Click here or see below)

Go to work unless you are providing an essential services
Visit family/friends if it is not urgent
Maintain less than six feet of space between you and another person
Visit loved ones in a hospital, nursing home or skilled nursing facility
Essential Services

research and laboratory services
walk-in-care health facilities
emergency veterinary and livestock services
elder care
medical wholesale and distribution
home health care workers or aides for the elderly
dental services
nursing homes or residential health care facilities
medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers
grocery stores, (including stores that sale non-grocery items like Family Dollar, Dollar General, Wal-Mart)
Auto repair shops
convenience stores
farmer’s markets
gas stations
restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
hardware and building material stores
Retail To-Go: Stores that will exclusively deliver goods to customers curb-side. 
Cell phone and electronic store
trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
mail and shipping services (FedEX, UPS)
home or building cleaning and maintenance
child care services
auto repair
warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
pest control
Property management company
skilled trades such as electricians, HVAC, and plumbers
commercial and residential construction
planning, engineering, design firms
Food banks
Homeless shelters
Blood banks
food processing, manufacturing agents
chemical plants
medical equipment/instruments
sanitary products
Non-essential Services
Personal appearance businesses (like hair salons, eyelash salons, barber shop, tattoo shop, body piercing shop)
Retail with no exclusive delivery or curb-side pick-up
Entertainment and recreation facilities (bowling alleys, trampoline parks)
Indoor rock climbing
Craft Business (ex.  seize the clay)
Gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities
Concert venues (ex. Minglewood)
Theaters (ex. Playhouse on the Square, Hatiloo)
Movie theaters
Shopping malls
Golf courses
Sporting event venues
Skating rink
Dance Schools
Strickland issued the emergency declaration on March 17, Press Release Distribution Services In Memphis just as Shelby County health officials confirmed the third case of coronavirus in the county. On Monday, the county confirmed its 84th case.

“This declaration allows the City and its departments and agencies to seek any and all necessary federal and state funding to facilitate the response to the Emergency. Additionally, all required procedures and formalities as to procurements on behalf of the City are hereby suspended for purchased of equipment, materials, supplies and services needed for Emergency management purposes,” the mayor said in the declaration.

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