COVID-19: Gov. Bill Lee has issued a statewide Safer at Home Executive Order ordering the closure of all nonessential businesses. Real estate businesses are among those considered "essential" and allowed to continue operating at this time. Find out more.

City Issues "Safer at Home" Orders

Orders Affect "Non-Essential" Businesses in Memphis, Germantown

 Membership, Association News, Coronavirus, Governmental Affairs

Published Monday, March 23, 2020

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As many of you have seen, "Safer at Home" Orders were released today for the City of Memphis, the City of Germantown and Shelby County. The orders outline "essential" business, which, at the moment, do not specifically outline real estate activity, including listing and showing property, recording, title searches, appraisals, property management and maintenance.

The Safer at Home Executive Order will go into effect on Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. and remain in effect through midnight on Tuesday, April 7. Residents will be required to stay at home unless deemed as having an essential job or for essential needs.

MAAR has been working hard today to contact Mayors Strickland (City of Memphis), Palazzolo (City of Germantown) and Harris (Shelby County), as well as all other officials in the counties in MAAR's jurisdiction, urging them to include real estate as "essential" business.

We know how vital real estate is to families having a safe shelter and to creating a strong economy. As soon as we get updated definitions and clarification about these orders, we will let you know.

View the full Safer at Home Executive Order issued by Mayor Jim Strickland.