Monday update: “a critical point”

Mayor Strickland posted a COVID-19 update yesterday, in which he said, “I believe we are at a critical point in our fight against this virus.” With case numbers, positivity rates, and hospitalizations continuing to rise, I get the feeling that although he doesn’t want to, Strickland may now be considering a roll back to Phase 1, or imposing additional restrictions on some businesses in Phase 2.

A rollback may indeed be necessary to make people understand this is serious business. Both businesses I frequented yesterday require masks, and the mask ordinance is now in effect, yet I would estimate that 60% of the people who came in those businesses had to be told to put a mask on. I can’t figure out if people don’t read the news and therefore didn’t know about the ordinance, or if they knew and just didn’t care.

If you like pizza, here’s a good account to follow on Instagram: @rahrahspies

Alcenia’s has made the national news for the second time in a month. They were on CBS Sunday Morning.

Yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine who just did his first gig as a tour guide for Segway Memphis. He recommended the scavenger hunts to people who know Downtown landmarks well, and said you have the chance to win $1000 in photography and artwork.

If you plan on traveling anytime soon, this free online AAA map shows where there are restrictions.

The Grizzlies will distribute 20,000 BELIEVE MEMPHIS face masks beginning today. If you live Downtown, Bass Pro at the Pyramid is the place to get yours.

That’s the news for now. Everyone remember to mask up when you’re in public so we can avoid going back to Phase 1. Back tomorrow.