MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Shelby County Health Department issued Health Directive No. 14 Monday, set to go into effect at midnight.
The new health directive gives schools the ability to make their own decisions about masking and social distancing. It also clarifies that local boards of education can make decisions on opening and closing districts.
“What this would mean is that the school officials would determine if students wear a mask or not, or how often, and whether or not the students will be within 6 feet or not,” said Dr. Bruce Randolph, Shelby County health officer.
Randolph says the health department retains the authority to investigate when COVID-19 cases are diagnosed in a school.
The health department still recommends students and staff wear masks and stay 6 feet apart.
The new health directive also offers support for people facing eviction during the pandemic. Anyone whose household is quarantined or in isolation due to COVID-19 and unable to secure housing can call (901) 222-MASK and inquire about temporary housing support.
Health Directive No. 14 states landlords must provide the phone number to tenants.