In today’s Covid-19 update from the Mayor’s office and the City of Memphis, Mayor Strickland imposed tighter restrictions on all city-owned parks and is closing Riverside Drive effective 8 a.m. Tuesday March 31 after observing reports of crowds at Tom Lee Park and MLK Park. “What happened this past weekend at a couple parks in our city was reckless, irresponsible and selfish,” his statement read. “Some people are not taking this seriously, and for the health of our city—they must start to do so.”
At the state level, Governor Lee issued an executive order today “directing Tennesseans to stay home unless engaging in essential activities to limit their exposure to and spread of Covid-19.”
MAYOR STRICKLAND’S FULL MARCH 30 STATEMENT:
Over the last several days especially as we’ve had nicer weather, more and more people have been getting outside, which that alone is not a bad thing. In fact, doctors even recommend it. That said, it does become a huge problem when people disregard the importance of social distancing.
In last Friday’s update, I announced that we were closing all City baseball, softball and soccer fields, and basketball courts. Additionally, we closed dog parks and skateboard parks.
Unfortunately, some people are not taking this seriously, and for the health of our city—they must start to do so.
What happened this past weekend at a couple parks in our city was reckless, irresponsible and selfish. Because of this, effective 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 31st, we are limiting park access at all city-owned parks.
The first restriction will be to cars. Riverside Drive will be closed, and I will be closing as many roads in and around parks that the fire marshal will let me. Second, even though our Safer at Home Order sets this out, I will repeat—no groups of people will be allowed to congregate in our parks.
Medical experts recommend outdoor activities, but only with people in your household and staying at least six feet away from everyone else.
To help us monitor compliance, we will have City of Memphis employees at parks throughout the city. These new restrictions are designed to allow people to walk or run through their neighborhood park but to prohibit people from congregating in large groups.
I’ve said this before, and I’m saying it again—things will get worse before they get better. But, they will get better.
As mayor, I can only do so much. Government can only do so much to dictate the actions of citizens. Everyone must take personal responsibility, take social distancing and hygiene seriously, and stay home.
This is serious. You need to take it seriously because if you don’t—more people are going to die needlessly.
By staying safe at home, you will save lives.
We must all come together to stay apart and stop the spread of the virus.
Link to complete daily update is here: Covid-19 Updates