Back to Business phase 1 begins May 4

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In a news release, mayors from across Shelby County have announced that phase 1 of the county-wide Back to Business plan will begin on Monday, May 4. Municipal Safer at Home orders will be lifted at the same time.

However, residents are asked to continue to practice social distancing and to wear a mask when in public spaces. All CDC guidelines should be followed to help ensure that this reopening effort is successful. Phase 1 of the plan also prohibits the gathering of purposeful groups of 10 or more.

On Monday, places of worship, gyms and fitness facilities, restaurants, bars, retail establishments, manufacturers, offices, call centers and non-contact sports facilities will be allowed to reopen under strict occupancy requirements.

Healthcare facilities and dentistry offices will be allowed to resume non-emergency medical procedures at this time as well. City staff has been working closely with local businesses to prepare for the reopening. A complete list of requirements is available here. 

Businesses with questions are encouraged to email

The Back to Business plan also includes rules to be followed by customers in order to protect workers and other customers. These include:

  • Avoid entering the facility if you have a cough, fever, or other signs/symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Maintain a minimum six-foot distance between individuals, or entire household units of up to six persons defined as residing at the same address, and other individuals.
  • Cover your sneeze or cough with a cloth or tissue. If neither is available, sneeze or cough into your elbow.
  • Do not shake hands or engage in any unnecessary physical contact.
  • Some businesses may implement additional measures such as requiring customers to wear masks.

“We want to thank our residents for working hard to get us to this point. But we also want to caution everyone there are triggers in the plan that could send us back to a previous phase if indicators and conditions worsen,” said Mayor Mike Palazzolo. “The only way we continue to move forward is if we all act responsibly and follow CDC guidelines for keeping ourselves and our families safe,” Palazzolo added.

During Phase 1, the following City of Germantown facilities will be allowed to reopen in a restricted manner. 

  • The Germantown Community Library doors will remain closed to the public; however, the library will begin offering curbside pickup of library materials beginning May 4. The library’s hours of operations will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m. Patrons must place a hold on items they would like to pick up by visiting or calling 757-7323. The library will notify patrons when their items are ready for pickup, and they will have three days to pick them up at the curbside queue. Each library card can have five holds. For questions or more information, call 757-7323 during the hours of operation listed previously.
  • The City’s park restrooms, tennis courts, Forgey Dog Park, the Johnson Road disc golf course, the Houston Levee Skate Park and the Bobby Lanier Farm Park Community Garden reopened to the public last weekend. 
  • The Germantown Athletic Club will reopen in a limited capacity beginning on Wednesday, May 6. Detailed information will be provided to Club members in the coming days.
  • The Germantown Performing Arts Center auditorium and lobby will remain closed to the public. 
  • Germantown Municipal Court activities are currently scheduled to resume on June 3. 
  • City Hall remains closed to the public, but service delivery is not impacted. 

Compliance issues may be reported by calling non-emergency dispatch at 757-7338. General questions about phase 1 reopening plans should be directed to 757-7200 or 


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