MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Eating places and bars in Shelby County will formally shutdown on Saturday night time after an government order from County Mayor Lee Harris.
Harris says this strategy encourages social distancing and slows down the unfold of the novel coronavirus, often called COVID-19.
Beale Avenue is among the locations the place bars have closed their doorways with folks saying it appears like a ghost city.
Wes Edmonds was the Head Audio Engineer at B.B. Kings.
With the mandated order to shut all eating places and bars, he’s now searching for one other job.
“No person has any work,” Edmonds stated. “No person has any cash. The circulate of cash has simply utterly stopped.”
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland expanded the mandate, for town, to shut companies like bowling alleys and skating rinks.
Edmonds says he understands the circumstances however its been tough to search out work.
“Everyone’s been actually supportive and optimistic by on the finish of day, it isn’t loads occurring,” Edmonds stated.
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris says he spoke to all municipal mayors concerning the government order to shut all eating places, bars and health facilities within the county.
“Everyone agreed that it will not be sufficient for us to have eating places shut down within the metropolis of Memphis after which have that restaurant inhabitants migrate to Germantown or Collierville,” Harris stated.
Native leaders say these orders don’t apply to companies with drive-thru or ones that provide take out.
Flying Saucer’s Key Supervisor Brett Bullard says they’re simply attempting to make one of the best out of what’s now the brand new downtown nightlife.
“Going into downtown, it is a little bit extra eerie than regular on a sunny Saturday afternoon,” Bullard stated. “You normally have lots of people strolling round down right here, out and in of the bars. So, it’s a complete totally different vibe down right here.”