JUST IN: Memphis Diners Must Wear Face Mask In Between Bites of Food

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If you plan on eating at a restaurant in Memphis or Shelby County you must wear a face mask in between bites of food.

“When actually eating a bite of food or drinking a beverage at a restaurant, bar, or other establishment where food or beverages are served and consumed, however, patrons must wear face coverings when they are sitting, waiting for their food/drink, talking, or moving about the establishment (e.g., to go to their table, to go to the restroom, or to leave the establishment),” the Shelby County Ministry of Health declared Friday.

There is widespread outrage across the city over the health department’s radicalized rules and regulations.

“These people are acting like health Nazis,” said one angry KWAM listener. “How can unelected bureaucrats get to implement rules and regulations. They have no right to tell me how to operate my business.”


Along the restrictions above, eateries must keep groups dining together capped at six people, with no more than four adults. Gyms can remain open for now, but they will also be required to enforce masking, unless a customer is in a shower or pool.

The new directive also prohibits smoking indoors in any establishment, including hookah, vaping, cigar bars and lounges. Previously, people were allowed to smoke at those establishments if spaced well apart and wearing masks while not smoking.

Read the following:

Please find attached Health Directive No. 15, which goes into effect on November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Also attached is Face Mask Order and No. 3, which goes into effect immediately. Both are viewable in electronic format atwww.shelbytnhealth.com/healthdirectives.

Health Directive No. 15 includes these changes:

1)      For any establishment that serves food and/or alcoholic beverages is required to:

  1. Limit occupancy to 50%
  2. Close at 10 pm
  3. Require patrons to wear masks at all times except when actually eating a bite of food or drinking a beverage
  4. Limit groups dining together to 6 people (but no more than 4 adults)

2)      Schools are strongly encouraged to suspend all school-related close-contact sports at this time.

3)    Gyms remain open at this time. All employees and patrons are required to wear masks or facial coverings at all times while in the facility, except when in the swimming  pool or shower.

4)     Shelby County Government expects to be able to provide special financial supports of at least $5,000 for any business that faces closures of at least 30 days that is   substantially related to Health Directive No. 15. More details will be forthcoming.

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