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Posted on: April 14, 2021

Formal Issuance of Health Directive No. 20

Shelby County Health Department

SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Shelby County Health Department issues Health Directive No. 20 today to go into effect at midnight on April 17th. Health Directive No. 20 further lifts restrictions on businesses, particularly restaurants and encourages vaccination for all eligible residents. 

Key changes in Health Directive No. 20:

  • Emphasizes the eligibility of everyone 16 and over for the Pfizer vaccine and 18 and older for the Moderna vaccine;
  • Requires landlords to provide increased notice information to tenants about the availability of resources; 
  • Opens buffets (but requires extra sanitary measures); 
  • Permits dancing indoors if dancers maintain 6-feet separation from those who are not of the same family unit or close contact group; and
  • States explicitly that event planners only need to submit a plan through the portal if the even involves more than 500 people.

While the COVID-19 virus remains a threat, these revisions are deeded allowable now as transmission is low. 

“We are pleased to be able to make these modifications to the Health Directive. We will carefully monitor viral activity over the next 30 days to determine if more preventive measures can be lifted,” said Interim Health Director La Sonya Hall. “If community transmission remains low, we will welcome the opportunity to lift even more restrictions and return to more normal activities.”

The text of Health Directive No. 20 is available here:



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