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
|Shelby County Residents||170|
|Tennessee Total Cases||
*As of 2:00 p.m. 3/25/20
|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).