Back-to-Business Framework for Memphis & Shelby County

We are currently on Phase 2.

After careful study of the data, and on the advice of our medical experts including the Shelby County Health Department, the mayors of Memphis, Shelby County, and the six surrounding municipalities have determined that May 18, 2020 is the date that we begin phase two of our Back to Business framework. Phase one began on May 4.

Getting back to business, safely

Working through the Joint COVID-19 Task Force, Shelby County government, the City of Memphis, and the six suburban municipalities have implemented proactive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. These measures have helped mitigate the progression of the disease locally.

While the community should remain vigilant about adhering to social distancing guidelines and hygiene practices, local government must also evaluate measures that help alleviate some burdens on the economy.  

Back to Business is a data-driven phased approach to reopening the economy in Shelby County and is driven by indicators (measurements of the status of the pandemic) and conditions (measurements of our capacity to deal with the pandemic).

Don’t see your business?

If your business or organization is not listed in the initial B2B Framework and alternative or additional methods of compliance should be evaluated, submit a proposal.

By the Numbers

Updated 10:23am, 28 May 2020 from Shelby County

Active Cases in Shelby County


27 down from yesterday / 28.2% of cases

Recovered in Shelby County


146 added from yesterday / 69.6% of cases

Total Cases in Shelby County


122 added from yesterday

Deaths in Shelby County


3 added from yesterday / 2.2% of cases


Total Tests Taken in Shelby County


% of Positive Tests in Shelby County


Total Tests Taken in Tennessee


% of Positive Tests in Tennessee


Please Note: All Tennessee state figures from reflects data from 2pm yesterday.

Local Status

The Back to Business subgroup meets frequently to review, evaluate potential adjustments, and make recommendations to leadership. This could include reversals of advancements between phases based on negative trends in data and metrics.