Limited-service restaurants and bars in Shelby County are back in business this week after a nearly three-month closure. But the latest county health directive requires major changes to their operations, and businesses that don’t follow the guidelines could lose their state liquor licenses.
The Shelby County Mayor’s Office has teamed up with Shelby County Commissioners to make $1 million in CARES Act Funding available to personal service businesses like beauty salons, barbershops, and nail salons as they deal with increased sanitation measures.
Dry cleaners are considered an essential business and remained open during the pandemic, but with big events, concerts, prom and wedding season all being canceled this year due to COVID-19, who is keeping dry cleaning businesses running?
It’s one of two lawsuits against the Shelby County government and health department filed earlier this month by limited-service restaurants and bars forced to close by a Shelby County public health directive.
Millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded loans that were meant to help small businesses stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic have been distributed to dozens of churches, private schools, and charter schools across the Mid-South.
Restaurants that are currently permitted to operate under the current Shelby County health directive can expand onto private property adjacent to the restaurant, like a parking lot, or onto a public right-of-way, like a sidewalk or the street.
Some limited service restaurants that have remained open throughout the pandemic now have to close. In its latest health directive, the Shelby County Health Department is putting more restrictions on restaurants and making bars close.