City of Memphis Issues Safer at Home Executive Order


To further combat the spread of COVID-19, the City of Memphis has issued Safer at Home Order effective 6 p.m. on March 24, 2020 through midnight April 21, 2020. The order directs all residents of Memphis to stay inside their homes and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs.


  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
  • Care for or support a friend or family member
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others. 
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary
  • Help someone to get necessary supplies Receive deliveries from any business which delivers


  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility or other residential care facility, except for limited exceptions as provided on the facility websites.

Read the full order here.

City of Memphis Listing of Essential and Nonessential Services (This is not an exhaustive list)

Essential Services

  • Research and laboratory services
  • Hospitals
  • Walk-in-care health facilities
  • Emergency veterinary and livestock services
  • Elder care
  • Medical wholesale and distribution
  • Home health care workers or aides for the elderly
  • Dental services
  • Nursing homes or residential health care facilities 
  • Medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers
  • Grocery stores, (including stores that sale non-grocery items like Family Dollar, Dollar General, Wal-Mart)
  • Auto repair shops
  • Pharmacies
  • Convenience stores
  • Farmer’s markets
  • Gas stations
  • Restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
  • Hardware and building material stores
  • Retail To-Go: Stores that will exclusively deliver goods to customer’s curbside.  
  • Cell phone and electronic store
  • Trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
  • Mail and shipping services (FedEx, UPS)
  • Laundromats
  • Home or building cleaning and maintenance
  • Childcare services
  • Auto repair
  • Warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
  • Funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
  • Pest control
  • Property Management Company
  • Skilled trades such as electricians, HVAC, and plumbers 
  • Commercial and residential construction
  • Planning, engineering, design firms
  • Food banks
  • Homeless shelters
  • Banks
  • Newspaper/media
  • Uber 
  • Lyft
  • MATA
  • Blood banks
  • Airports
  • Food processing, manufacturing agents
  • Chemical plants
  • Medical equipment/instruments
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Sanitary products
  • Telecommunications
  • Microelectronics/semi-conductor
  • Agriculture/farms

All other critical infrastructure businesses not otherwise listed but identified in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response issued on March 19, 2020

Non-essential Services

  • Personal appearance businesses (like hair salons, eyelash salons, barber shop, tattoo shop, body piercing shop)
  • Retail with no exclusive delivery or curbside pick-up 
  • Entertainment and recreation facilities (bowling alleys, trampoline parks)
  • Indoors rock climbing
  • Craft Business (ex.  Seize the clay)
  • Gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities
  • Concert venues (ex. Minglewood)
  • Theaters (ex. Playhouse on the Square, Hatiloo)
  • Movie theaters
  • Shopping malls
  • Golf courses
  • Sporting event venues
  • Skating rink
  • Dance Schools
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