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COVID-19 Update from Mayor Strickland (3/25)

Latest information:

In response to our current State of Emergency and to help deal with the financial impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City Council yesterday approved the amendment of our 2020 operating budget in the amount of $2 million. This funding will go to help cover the cost of free or reduced fares on public transit and to the Mid-South Food Bank to assist low-income and food-insecure people throughout our region.

As you may have seen yesterday, the City Council also unanimously approved temporary free fares for all customers who ride any mode of public transportation operated by the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA). The free fares will begin on Wednesday, March 25 and continue until Thursday, April 30. At this time, MATA is continuing to operate its normal service. For more information, click here.

To do our part to comply with the Safer at Home Executive Order, over 80 percent of City Hall employees are not working in the building. Having said that—if you need to conduct business with the City like paying your taxes, fines, etc., please do so through the mail or one of our on-line portals rather than in person. The link to pay your taxes online can be found on our memphistn.gov site.

If you don’t have access to a computer or a smart phone to pay your City of Memphis bills, please don’t come to City Hall, call (901) 522-1111 so that we can make the necessary arrangements so you don’t get charged late fees or fines.

A couple quick points on my Safer at Home Executive order:

  • There is no curfew.
  • If you are an employee on the essential services list, you do not need a note from your employer or special badge to go to work.
  • The Order is legally enforceable, and we will take every measure available to enforce it.   This includes possibly issuing misdemeanor citations, revoking beer permits, and closures of businesses under nuisance abatement ordinances.    The Directive issued by the Shelby County Health Department is also legally enforceable, and applies to all residents of Shelby County.

Shelby County Health Department COVID-19 Daily Update: March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Cases
Shelby County Residents 170
Tennessee Total Cases 784*
*As of 2:00 p.m. 3/25/20
Other Jurisdictions:
Tipton County, TN 6
Desoto County, MS 29
Crittenden County, AR 4 or under
Numbers current as of 2:00 p.m. 3/25/2020

Shelby County currently has 170 confirmed COVID-19 cases. All out-of-county residents have been transferred to their local health department jurisdictions.

Going forward, Shelby County Health Department will only track resident cases.

The Health Department is committed to providing as much information as possible to the public as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop. The Health Department’s hotline number (833-943-1658).

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MATA Announces Free Fares Effective March 25 – April 30

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis City Council yesterday unanimously approved temporary free fares for all customers who ride any mode of public transportation operated by the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA). This effort is part of an overall strategy to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The free fares will begin on Wednesday, March 25 and continue until Thursday, April 30. At this time, MATA is continuing to operate its normal service.


The move to make MATA rides free during a time when the transit authority is experiencing a drop in ridership is due to information provided by public health experts that the Coronavirus COVID-19 can live on paper (such as money and farecards) for days. Free fares will also help MATA to reinforce social distancing measures since passengers will be asked to board through the rear doors to limit direct contact with the operators. Passengers using assistive devices will still be able to board using the front door/ramp.


“We’re using tape to mark six feet spaces between the customer and the operator and we recently issued additional guidance to space customers apart so this is another move to try to combat the spread of the disease in Memphis and Shelby County,” MATA Chief Executive Officer Gary Rosenfeld said.


This guidance is in addition to previous information issued by MATA within the last few days:


MATA Fleet
▪ Per the Mayor’s Executive Order, no more than 10 people will be allowed to board fixed route buses and Trolley cars. This new guidance is in effect until April 7 (unless otherwise extended).

▪ Every other row on fixed route buses and Trolley cars will be blocked to maintain social distance and encourage customers to sit apart. Note: Since the capacity of the buses has been restricted to maintain social distancing guidelines, some customers may have to wait on the next bus to arrive.

▪ No more than two passengers will be allowed to ride on any MATAplus paratransit vehicle (includes personal care attendant and/or escort).

▪ Effective until April 7 (unless otherwise extended), MATA will only transport MATAplus paratransit customers to work, medical-related destinations (including dialysis, doctor appointments and pharmacies) and to purchase/collect food from grocery stores, restaurants, or food distribution centers at non-profit organizations.

MATA Facilities
▪ MATA headquarters, located at 1370 Levee Road, is closed to the public from March 24-April 7 (unless otherwise extended).

▪ The Trolley facility, located at 547 North Main, is closed to the public from March 24-April 7 (unless otherwise extended).

▪ The customer lobby areas and public restrooms at each Transit Center will continue to be closed to the public until further notice.

▪ The Assessment Center located in the Airways Transit Center is closed to the public until further notice.


As the disease continues to spread, MATA will continue performing its daily fleet and bus shelter cleanings which includes comprehensive disinfecting and sanitizing measures. In addition, customers can practice the following preventative measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):


▪ Stay home if possible.

▪ If you’re sick, stay home.

▪ Practice social distancing. Place at least six feet between yourself and others to reduce your risk of being exposed.

▪ Wash your hands. Wash them often. Wash them thoroughly using soap and water for 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer frequently if it is available.

▪ Please avoid direct contact with others. No handshaking. A friendly wave, a head nod, a fist or elbow bump are all acceptable forms of greeting others.

▪ Eat right (fruits and vegetables) and drink plenty of fluids like water.

▪ Avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose or eyes.

▪ Practice respiratory etiquette by using a tissue if coughing or sneezing, then throwing the tissue away into a trashcan and washing your hands.


About MATA The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) is the public transportation provider for the Memphis area. As one of the largest transit operators in the state of Tennessee, MATA transports customers in the City of Memphis and parts of Shelby County on fixed-route buses, paratransit vehicles and vintage rail trolleys. For more information, visit www.matatransit.com.

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3-24-20 City Council Meeting Update

3-24-20 City Council Meeting UpdatePosted on 03/19/2020

CITY OF MEMPHIS
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF
THE MEMPHIS CITY COUNCIL
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

Due to the declarations of a State of Emergency by the President of the United States, the Governor of Tennessee and the Mayor of Memphis relating to Covid-19 Epidemic the Council has determined that is necessary that the meeting be conducted by electronic or other means of communication in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public, City employees, Council staff and Members of the Council.

THERE WILL BE NO PHYSICAL MEETING

Attached to this Notice of Meeting are instructions on how members of the public may electronically access the meeting and/or a recording of the meeting and how the public may provide written comments concerning any agenda item or any other matter prior to the meeting.

INSTRUCTIONS OF STEPS TO VIEW THE MARCH 24, 2020 MEMPHIS CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Take notice, the Memphis City Council will meet on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 1:45 p.m. However, due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health and safety concerns, the public is not permitted to attend the meeting in-person. Instead, the public is permitted to participate in the meeting in the following manner: (I) Electronically, via live-stream, (II) Radio, via 88.5 FM (WQOX), and (III) Electronically, via digital archive.

A. Electronically, via live-stream

To view the Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting electronically, via live-stream, follow the steps below:

(1) Access the internet,
(2) Go to the Memphis City Council’s “Watch Meetings Online” page here.
(3) At 1:45 p.m., click on the March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting
(4) Begin viewing the March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting electronically via live-stream
(5) Click on the March 24, 2020 “Agenda” tab to view the agenda documents

B. Radio, via 88.5 FM (WQOX)

To listen to the Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting by radio, via
88.5 FM (WQOX), follow the steps below:

(1) Access a radio with FM-capabilities,
(2) At 3:30 p.m., turn the radio dial to 88.5 FM (WQOX),
(3) Begin listening to the March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting by radio via 88.5 FM (WQOX)

C. Electronically, via digital archive

To listen to the Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting electronically, via digital archive, follow the steps below:
(1) Access the internet after the March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting,
(2) Go to the Memphis City Council’s “Archived Videos” page here.
(3) Press play on the March 24, 2020 “City Council Full Meeting” tab
(4) Begin viewing the March 24, 2020 Memphis City Council meeting electronically via digital archive
(5) Click on the March 24, 2020 “Agenda” tab to view the agenda documents
(6) Click on the March 24, 2020 “Minutes” tab to view the meeting minutes
Note: Public comments may be submitted to the Memphis City Council twenty-four (24) hours prior to the March 24, 2020 meeting. To submit your public comment, please email Patrice.Robinson@memphistn.gov with your (a) full name, (b) full street address, (c) phone number, (d) agenda item, if applicable, and (e) comment. For more information, please call (901) 636-6786.

Thank you for your patience during this time. We look forward to continuing our work on your behalf as a thirteen-member council working to make Memphis a safe, healthy, and prosperous city for all!

With earnest appreciation,

Patrice Jordan Robinson
Chairwoman, Memphis City Council

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