From Mayor Jim Strickland:
After nearly two weeks into Phase I of our Back-to-Business plan, I’ve heard from many of you asking when we will move into Phase II with both some positive and negative feedback. That’s to expected. These are big decisions with real implications, and I hear you loud and clear.
I want to assure we are not making any of these decisions lightly or in a vacuum. The Joint Task Force along with our medical experts are monitoring the data on a daily basis. Once the data from today and the weekend have been reviewed, a decision on when to move to Phase II will likely be made sometime on Monday.
In preparation for moving into Phase II, please familiarize yourselves with the framework again. You can do so here.
Additionally, we know there are some businesses/activities out there that don’t necessarily fit neatly into the different phases. We’re currently working through the details to ensure we’re inclusive as possible without compromising the health and safety of our citizens.
Week in Review – Daily Updates
As we begin opening up businesses and everyone slowly starts going back to work, I know this will create a very complicated issue.
What am I supposed to do with my children when I’m required to go back to work?
I want you to know we’re very aware of this issue, and we’re working very closely with our partners like the YMCA of the Mid-South, Memphis Jewish Community Center, the Kroc Center, and Boys & Girls Clubs to find a solution and make sure we’re all on the same page regarding proper protocols and safety measures.
We should have an update on this and our City of Memphis summer programs very soon. When we do, we will be sure to keep you informed.
This morning on our COVID-19 Joint Task Force call, Dr. Manoj Jain, the local infectious disease physician hired to advise city government on the pandemic, noted the hearing yesterday in the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, particularly the opening comments of Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander. Dr. Jain said that Senator Alexander was spot-on accurate in explaining our need for widespread testing (“millions of new tests”) especially if we want schools to open in the fall.
As we reopen, Dr. Jain and others have taught me that testing and contact tracing are essential; we must “box in the virus” by testing, isolating those who test positive, call all those who have been in close contact with an infectious person, and quarantining each of those contacts.
Now that we’re getting close to halfway through our first two weeks of Back-to-Business, I’ve been getting several questions asking when we will move from Phase I to Phase II.
As I’ve said from the beginning, all of our decisions are based on data and recommendations from medical experts. The way we determine when to move from phase to phase in our Back-to-Business plan is no different.
Recently, we’ve received multiple complaints about drag racing. In today’s media briefing, Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings addressed those concerns and what we’re doing to stop it.
Between May 9th and 10th, Memphis Police concentrated on complaints of reckless driving and street racing. This resulted in 190 arrests ranging from weapons and drug charges to speeding. In addition, 60 vehicles were towed relative to drag racing and ATVs illegally being in the roadway.