House arrest day 42 / update 2: Monday we start to get back to business

The City of Memphis, Shelby County, and other county municipalities have announced that phase 1 of the Back to Business re-opening plan begins Monday, May 4. Restaurants can re-open at 50% capacity (no buffets). Non-essential businesses can open at 50% capacity. Libraries, gyms, and places of worship can open at 25% capacity.

I will post details of the re-openings of Downtown businesses as I learn about them. Keep in mind opening the 4th, the first day of Phase 1, is merely an option and some business owners will choose to wait longer.

About a month ago, I predicted that my final House Arrest blog post would be numbered 52. The city and county are on track to make me wrong by a week, and I love it!

The Downtown Walgreens is now requiring all who enter to wear face masks, due to governmental recommendations. The aisles are now one-way. In non-COVID-19-related news, the discounted Easter candy is gone.

Ironic for this “holiday” to occur while salons and barber shops are closed:

Glad I don’t drive on the roads in Georgia:

The Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards go virtual Sunday at 4 PM on Facebook and YouTube.

Reports were circulating yesterday that the minor league baseball season has been canceled. The MiLB organization, having conferred with MLB, has released a statement deeming this rumor false.

Mental Floss has tips for negotiating to get credit card payments deferred during the coronavirus outbreak.

Chris Brogan with the best tweet I’ve seen in the past 42 days:

From Gizmodo: Movie theaters are screwed, because COVID-19 is changing the model (maybe permanently) by which movies are released, to what outlets at what times.

Capriccio Grill at the Peabody has published its Mother’s Day at Home menu. Orders must be placed by 5 PM Tuesday, May 5. Pick up Saturday, May 9 or Sunday, May 10. Order here

NCAA news:

What this means is, it’s highly unlikely transfer Landers Nolley II will be available to play basketball for the Tigers for the 2020-2021 season.

Back with a third post today if I come up with significant additional news to report about the coming end of the house arrest. Otherwise, look for a new post tomorrow.