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Coronavirus in Shelby County: How do you feel about restaurants, masks and back to school?

Memphis, TN  |  July 24, 2020 9:00am  |  By Dann Miller

As coronavirus numbers continued to climb in Shelby County, a large majority of respondents feel it will still get worse before it gets better.

The latest Memphis Power Poll results released Thursday show that 75 percent believe that both cases and hospitalizations will get worse before improving. Only four percent said they believed it would get better.

The breakdown was about the same when asked about whether the Shelby County Health Departmet should do more to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in places where people gather. More than 78 percent either agreed that more should be done.

"I think the SCS and SCHD are doing a good job balancing the needs of people vs business," one respondent said. "However, I would have not closed the bars, but limit their hours to 12 midnight and require temp taking and tracking information. These are small businesses and keeping small businesses open is a tricky balancing act."

Respondents also tended to agree on using citations or aggressive ticketing to persuade people to wear masks. More than 77 percent agreed with that tactic.

The greatest divide came when queried on back-to-school plans. When asked how respondents felt about the plans proposed for SCS and the municipal districts only about 50 percent approved with just 8 percent of that being strongly approved.

The Power Poll is a monthly survey sent to around 400 influential business, political, nonprofit and cultural leaders in the Bluff City, presented by The Commercial Appeal.

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