Strickland expands list of business closings in city

By , Daily Memphian Updated: March 21, 2020 2:58 PM CT | Published: March 21, 2020 2:53 PM CT

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Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has expanded business closings in Memphis to include a number of entertainment venues, effective at midnight Saturday.

In addition to restaurant dine-in service, bars, gyms and workout places closed earlier, Strickland, who declared a civil emergency earlier this week, has now ordered the closings of:

  • Theaters, cinemas, movie theaters, and indoor and outdoor performance venues, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities.
  • Bowling alleys, arcades, indoor climbing facility, indoor skating rink, trampoline park, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities.
  • Hookah bars, cigar bars, and vaping lounges offering their products for on-premises consumption.

In addition, on-site consumption of food or beverages within private fraternal, social, golf or country clubs or similar private clubs are prohibited, also effective at midnight.


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Strickland said Friday that the emergency provisions would continue to expand as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city increases.

The city is expected to open a drive-thru testing site on Tiger Lane at the Fairgrounds soon. The testing site would be open only to those who have a referral and have scheduled an appointment at the site through a physician.

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Bill Dries

Bill Dries

Bill Dries covers city government and politics. He is a native Memphian and has been a reporter for more than 40 years.


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