SHELBY COUNTY HEALTH DIRECTIVE No. 22 LIFTS MOST RESTRICTIONS ON BUSINESSES
The Shelby County Health Department issues Health Directive No. 22 to go into effect at midnight on June 12th. Health Directive No. 22 lifts almost all of the prior restrictions on businesses, details the very limited circumstances where masks are required, and recommends COVID-19 vaccination for everyone eligible.
The changes reflected in Health Directive 22 can be made at this time because metrics indicate vaccination efforts are working to limit the spread of the virus in our community. More than 70 percent of adults in Shelby County have some level of immunity to the COVID-19 virus, either because they are vaccinated or because they had the virus and have recovered. The average number of reported COVID-19 cases per day is 46 today. One month ago, that average was 135 per day. The test positivity rate is now 3.6 percent. That means that of all COVID-19 tests, only 3.6 percent are positive.
Key changes in Health Directive No. 22 include:
- Provides a link to CDC ongoing guidance on what you can safely do if fully vaccinated.
- Removes references to the authority of private businesses and institutions to require masks as it is their authority to generally manage their facilities and operations.
- Continues to require individuals and businesses to cooperate with the Department's long-standing duty to carry out disease prevention measures, such as contact tracing, upon learning of a positive (or symptoms of) a COVID-19 case.
- Combines all business-related recommendations into one section.
- Shortens the recommended preventive measures for businesses by eliminating guidance related to physical distancing as businesses are better suited for making site-specific determinations on appropriate spacing due to the increasing number of fully-vaccinated individuals in Shelby County.
The text of Health Directive No. 22 is available here: www.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.
Governor Bill Lee Executive Order No. 81
BARTLETT CIVIL EMERGENCY EXECUTIVE ORDER 23-2021 EXTENDING LIMITED LOCAL SOE dated 6-10-21
WHEREAS, on May 28, 2021 the Governor for the State of Tennessee issued Executive Order No. 81, declaring a continuing limited state of emergency while recognizing that citizens, businesses, and governmental entities across the State are working to stimulate economic and other recovery from the ongoing effects of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated § 58-2-110(3)(A)(v), the duration of a state of emergency declared locally is limited to seven (7) days and may be extended as necessary, in seven-day increments; and
NOW THEREFORE, I, A. Keith McDonald, Mayor of the City of Bartlett, Tennessee by virtue of the executive and administrative authority vested in me by Tennessee Code Annotated, § 58-8-104, Art. V, § 2 of the Charter of the City of Bartlett, and § 1-201 et seq of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Bartlett, do hereby Declare a limited State of Emergency continues to exist as it relates to COVID-19 and the response to COVID-19 (“Emergency”), and invoke authority granted by Tennessee Code Annotated §§ 38-9-103, 38-9-104, 58-2-110 and 58-2-104, Art. V, § 2 of the Charter of the City of Bartlett, and § 1-201 et seq of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Bartlett and all other applicable law. By virtue of the power and authority vested in me, I do hereby direct and order the following:
1. The duration of the limited state of emergency will continue through June 17, 2021 or until rescinded, but shall be limited to seven (7) days unless it is necessary by Executive Order for additional seven (7) day increments as permitted by law.
2. The City and its departments and agencies are authorized to seek any and all necessary federal and state funding to facilitate the response to the Emergency.
3. The City of Bartlett, as necessary, shall take all actions set forth in Tennessee Code Annotated § 58-2-110(3) during the course of the state of emergency.
4. A determination that any provision of this Order is invalid will not affect the enforceability of any other provision of this Order. The remaining provisions shall remain in fill force and effect. Any invalid provision will be modified to the extent necessary for enforceability.
5. Upon signature, this Order shall become effective on June 11, 2021.