Saturday update

Loflin Yard has re-opened. Here is the post they made to Facebook yesterday.

Good morning friends and family! After CAREFUL consideration, we’ve decided to open up the doors of Loflin Yard to the general public. Rest assured: your safety is our top priority. We’ve spent days putting together a careful plan to do just that.
We will have signs posted throughout the Yard reminding everyone of the Social Distancing Guidelines, in addition to Loflin Yard specific safety guidelines encouraging distance and healthy practices.
If you’re uncomfortable coming in, we get it! We will continue to offer safe, contactless curbside pickup and delivery options if you’re craving brisket or a frozen drink from home.
Thanks from the bottom of our hearts for sticking with us though these unprecedented times. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust accordingly as we go. We’ve thought long and hard about this and think that we can offer a safe enough space in the wide expanse of our Yard, and we hope you will find our efforts satisfying.

There are reports of teenagers causing trouble in the southwest part of Downtown. They were seen crossing the train tracks near Carolina and Kansas Streets, where they vandalized property nearby. They (or possibly a different group of teenagers) vandalized cars near Tennessee and Nettleton. They may have a black SUV.

I ordered a Grizzlies face mask yesterday. Face masks are more to protect others than protect yourself; they don’t necessary prevent you from breathing other people’s germs, but they prevent most of your own germs from escaping. As the Daily Memphian’s Chris Herrington wrote, if we could get 80% of the people to wear masks that are 60% effective, we’d go a long way to pushing the re-infection rate of COVID-19 below 1, which will be the point when the virus begins to die out. Put another way, the more people who wear masks, the less likely you are to see any more posts on this blog whose titles start with “house arrest.”

Why a Grizzlies mask, other than the obvious reason of supporting our local team?

  • NBA proceeds from the sale of the masks will be donated to Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States, and Second Harvest, the largest food-rescue organization in Canada.
  • For every mask sold, Fanatics will donate a mask.

This is a good point:

Perhaps “nonessential” retail stores should consider adding hand sanitizer and toilet paper to their inventory.

Let’s hear it for the good guys! Bardog Tavern may not be open for dine-in right now, but they are cranking out the food for a good cause.

We just sent off 100 meals (Original Memphis sliders, monster veggie burritos, salads and brownies) to the medical teams at Church Health! 😋
Thanks to Feed the Front Lines, Memphis for this opportunity to feed our fellow front line workers who are operating COVID-19 testing sites around town – enjoy lunch and stay safe! ❤️

The Lobster Pronto Pups have returned to the menu at Rizzo’s, said Chef Michael Patrick yesterday.

We set a record low of 43 at the Memphis Airport this morning. Things could have been worse though… former Memphian Carbunkle Trumpet reported that it snowed in New York City this morning.

The zoo will reopen Wednesday. There will be a cap of 2500 guests allowed at all times, and there will be a number of other restrictions. Payment must be made with cards, no cash accepted. Guests will be required to wear face masks. Indoor exhibits, rides, and interactive exhibits will remain closed.

News from River Time Market and Deli:

Watch for new changes! We opened in November 2018 as a Market and Deli. With fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Meat it was a little too soon for the Core area so we moved towards the Fresh Deli with our Signature Cornbread Sandwiches. We are slowly moving back to our mini Fresh Market still with Fresh Meat, Deli Meat, Vegan Options, Fresh Sandwiches, Salads Deli Salads and lots of our Cornbread Sandwiches! Watch our Facebook for new items, snacks, sweets and specialty items.

That’s it for this post. Back later today or tomorrow with more news.