Health Department: Significant number of complaints received about businesses


The Shelby County Health Department closed five businesses on Winchester Road over the weekend for violating alcohol sales and safe distance rules. He was warned over the past two weekends.

Businesses are: Indies Lounge, 5959 Winchester; In Love Memphis, 7144 Winchester; Dubai Hookah Bar, 6700 Winchester; Menu Club, 6642 Winchester; And Altitude Lounge, 6813 Winchester.


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They will not be allowed to reopen without direct permission from the Health Department. If the owners reopen before being given permission, they will be cited with a misdemeanor who commits a fine.

The Department of Health visited 13 businesses that had received complaints of social disturbances or violations of other aspects of the health directive. They were found to be eight compliant or quickly reformed in their own way.

Those businesses are: Lafayette on Madison; The Blues Club on Airways; Sweet Noshings Candy Store in Overton Square; Robata Restaurant on Madison Square; Local on Madison Square; At the Blow Hookah Lounge, Kordova; Beau Bar & Grill in Overton Square; And Golden India Restaurant in Overton Square.

Department director Alyssa Hoshalter said the closure of five businesses at one weekend is more than the health department had expected.

“We have reached a point that we know there are facilities that continue for people who are not social mess or face masks,” she said. “While we would prefer not to close any business, unfortunately, we have reached the place where we must close those businesses.”

Tiger Lane was in compliance without any tailings; The Liberty Bowl was also praised for its efforts to keep audiences apart.

Overall, the weekend was a mixed bag of reactions, said David Swett, epidemiologist for the Department of Health, “It has a lot of positive elements.”

The numbers going from here will be important to define how the county looks to decline, when businesses can resume and leisure activities return to a more normal rhythm.

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said it is hard to emphasize the increased audience at events when audiences have to clear the way in Shelby County schools to learn.

“It is indeed one of the highest priorities, and it is a very difficult process. But in some sports it is even more difficult to think about the viewership, when we do not have a good route for school children and make sure that their education and welfare is taken care of, ”he said. More information is coming About supporting businesses.


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More than 220 salons, barbershops and other close-contact businesses have received funding from the $ 1 million in CARES Act that sets the county set aside to help them. There is still $ 500,000 left. Those who own these businesses are encouraged to apply. To apply, click here.

Harris is preparing to bring a resolution for a second round of municipal relief at a Shelby County Commission meeting on Wednesday.

It would be a $ 3.4 million transfer to six suburban municipalities of Shelby to support their COVID-19 response. The same cities received about $ 6 million in May.

The City of Memphis and Shelby County were permitted to apply for COVID relief money directly from the federal government; There were not six suburbs.

“These municipalities are working aggressively to counter COVID and slow down the spread,” Harris said. “And we all know that there is no limit to this virus and the only way to reduce the risk is for all of us to collectively work together on our COVID response.”

Harris credited Commissioner Mark Billingsley for leadership in attempting to get funding to municipalities.

The surrounding rural areas are represented in the Memphis-Shelby County COVID-19 Task Force because what happens there is important to Shelf County.

For that reason, the Health Department has sent a “strike team” to Haywood County, where the case count now stands at 102 per 100,000 people.

Shelby County is currently reporting 12 cases per 100,000 people, known as Drs. Manoj Jain says that it was New York City on 20 May. By the end of June, the number of cases per 100,000 people in Manhattan had dropped to 3.5 and closed. there.


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“It has to show what can happen and where Memphis can happen if it continues the efforts,” said Jain, an infectious disease specialist who advises Memphis Jim Strickland in the epidemic.

The current positivity rate in Shelby County is 11.5%. Monday’s positivity was about 70% due to a glitch in the Shelby County Health Department’s report of the number of tests on the site. It conducted 161 new tests. In fact 1,521 trials were given.

People including business owners who are not clear about the mandate in the health instructions of the local health department remind them that it is their responsibility to know the rules.

“And so, limited service restaurants, you are not open. Full-service restaurants, you need to sell food more than liquor, ”Health Officer Dr. Bruce Randolph said.

All businesses are required to implement the use of masks, including patrons sitting at their tables in restaurants.

“I was told by one of our establishments that they thought face masks were needed only when they moved to this establishment,” Randol said. “No. You should cover your face while you are sitting at your table talking, waiting for your meal.

“Once your food arrives at your table, you take it off, eat it.” After finishing the food, put it back. In two hours, you should be up and out of the restaurant. ”

While restaurants place tables at a distance of six feet, it is up to customers to maintain a separation of six feet from another person by another person.

Transmission rates are not expected to change.

“We know that with cold weather, people tend to get inside in a more crowded way,” Sweat said. “This may increase the risk of transmission. We have not done specific modeling around that.

“Also, get a flu shot as soon as possible, once they are available to you,” Sweat said.

“The numbers are improving, but it’s not growing very fast,” Sweat said. “The positivity rate is around 11%. Next week, for two weeks, we are staying the course. “