It’s well known that many restaurants are struggling financially, dealing with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. One group is asking for the sale of to-go drinks to become a permanent fixture in Tennessee to help local restaurants recover.
The coronavirus has meant a lot of people are temporarily out of work, and that means money for food can be scarce. One Mid-South safety net program is seeing a rise in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health experts and local officials say a decreasing COVID-19 infection rate, along with unused hospital beds in Shelby County, is allowing some businesses to slowly open beginning Monday. That includes restaurants, which will be allowed to have 50-percent capacity in their dining rooms.
The restaurant industry in Memphis is being severely challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic. But they’re getting some help with a new push from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland that also benefits the Mid-South Food Bank.
Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced restaurants to turn to delivery and curbside pick-up only, industry leaders want to make sure things are being done right. Some local restaurants are now getting certified in coronavirus-related courses.
More businesses around the Mid-South are being forced to close their doors or drastically alter how they do business. Sunday, some restaurants in North Mississippi were officially told not to allow customers to dine in.
Thursday afternoon, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland issued a civil state of emergency as the number of Covid-19 cases continue to grow. Among the restrictions that order creates is no more dining in at Bluff City restaurants.