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The Town of Arlington is actively monitoring the current outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking steps to protect employees and residents. The Town has been in contact with officials from local, state and national health organizations in order to receive the latest and most accurate information that is available. 

June 29, 2020

Mayor Wissman has issued an updated Declaration State of Emergency effective until July 3, 2020

Declaration of State of Emergency Week 14

Declaration of State of Emergency Week 15

Governor Bill Lee has issued a new Executive Order that remains in effect until August 29, 2020

Executive Order No.50
Executive Order No.51
Executive Order No.52

June 23, 2020

Shelby County Health Directive No. 7

June 16, 2020

Shelby County Health Directive No. 6

June 12, 2020

Declaration of State of Emergency

June 5, 2020

Declaration State of Emergency by Mayor Wissman
Health Directive 5

May 29, 2020

Declaration State of Emergency by Mayor Wissman

May 22,

Declaration State of Emergency by Mayor Wissman

Executive Order No. 38

Health Directive No. 4

Outdoor Sport & Recreational Guidelines


On April 27, the Joint COVID-19 Task Force, including Shelby County government, the City of Memphis, and the six suburban municipalities have announced a phased plan to get the entire County Back to Business. Information, along with a dashboard featuring required milestones, is available here. Details are available in the following documents: 

Back to Business Framework
Back to Business Framework Grid
Back to Business Compliance Protocol
Arlington-specific appendices 

Arlington businesses with questions about this plan may call (901) 867-2620.


Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman has issued a Safer at Home Executive Order beginning Tuesday, March 24, at 6 p.m. The order will remain in effect until rescinded by the mayor. The Safer at Home Order directs all Arlington residents 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. On those occasions when residents are out of their homes for necessary tasks, they are urged to stay at least six feet away from others. The Safer at Home Order will help to ensure the public health of those in the community, disrupt the spread of the virus and reduce the strain on regional healthcare resources as much as possible. To view the Town of Arlington’s full Safer at Home Order, visit this link.


On Friday, March 20, Mayor Mike Wissman signed a declaration to issue a state of emergency for the Town of Arlington. The local state of emergency will allow the Town to prioritize resources, seek intergovernmental resources, handle procurement issues, coordinate an effective response and work to help Town residents respond to this pandemic emergency. In addition, Mayor Wissman is also requiring all restaurants to close dining rooms to the public and perform only take-out or delivery services and bars, gyms and movie theaters to close as of midnight on Friday, March 20. During this time, the community is still encouraged to support local business through to-go orders, drive thrus, delivery and curbside pick-up. 

View a list of Arlington restaurants that remain open for carryout, curbside pickup, drive thru and delivery services. While we have done our best to provide an accurate listing, please understand that the situation is changing very rapidly and we fully expect that this list will not be accurate for long. Feel free to email if you find inaccuracies or would like to add a location we have missed. Thank you for continuing to support Arlington restaurants by ordering takeout or delivery. 


Beginning at 8 AM, on Tuesday, May 19, Arlington Town Hall and all municipal buildings will be opened to the public. Masks must be worn when entering a Town Facility and the 6 foot social distancing requirement is being enforced. Town staff will continue to work on-site and remotely to continue offering all essential services. Residents and businesses may continue with Town business by phone or via email. For questions or concerns, residents may continue to contact the Town Hall at (901) 867-2620 or Public Works at (901)867-4980.

Solid waste collection is an essential service and the Town of Arlington has been in daily communication with our contractor Waste Pro regarding service delivery.  The Town has been receiving reports of missed or delayed collections and these are communicated in real time to Waste Pro. In addition, Waste Pro is taking precautions due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), in which case substitute drivers may be covering routes on an as needed basis. Due to the amount of people that are staying at home and completing yard work, we have seen a tremendous increase in debris. Please remain patient as we work to keep Arlington clean.  

May 15th, 2020
Declaration of State of Emergency

May 8, 2020
Governor Bill Lee has issued Executive Order No. 35
Executive Order No. 35
Please be aware that the Shelby County Health Directive No.3 is still in effect
SC Health Directive

May 4, 2020
The Town of Arlington is now following the directive from the Shelby County Health Department. The Town is no longer following the guidelines via the Governor's Orders released last week.  Back to business framework has changed for some businesses. Biggest change is that ONLY hair salons and barbershop will be allowed to open on May 6th; nail salons, tattoo shops and massage salons may NOT OPEN at this time.  A date will be released as it is directed by the Health Department.

May 1, 2020
Back to Business will begin May 4,2020. 
Governors Orders and Framework

April 29, 2020
Directive will expire on May 3, 2020 at midnight. Starting May 4, 2020 the Town of Arlington will be under the Governors Orders
Shelby County Health Directive Addendum No.2

April 24, 2020
Updated Orders will remain in effect thru April 30, 2020.
Executive Order
Health Department Directive

April 9, 2020
Updated Orders from Mayor Wissman shall remain in effect until April 17, 2020
Executive Order and Health Department Mandate
Declaration State of Emergency

April 3, 2020
Updated Orders from Mayor Wissman. Shall remain in effect until April 10, 2020
Executive Order
Health Directive Update

Declaration of State of Emergency

April 2, 2020

Arlington in April has been CANCELLED due to COVID 19 and under the direction of the CDC's guidelines to stop the spread.

March 27, 2020
Executive Order and Declaration of State of Emergency has been updated as of today.  These orders are to remain in effect until April 3, 2020.
Executive Order Declaration of State of Emergency

March 27, 2020

At this time, it is not safe to allow children to play on playgrounds at parks due to the risk of COVID 19.  Park trails are still open at the parks at this time, however we ask that you practice social distancing.  We urge you as parents and as residents to take every precaution and follow the CDC guidelines during this time.

March 24, 2020
Executive Order from Mayor Mike Wissman for the Town of Arlington
 Executive Order March 24, 2020 

March 24, 2020
Executive Order released by Mayor Lee Harris regarding "Safer At Home" order
Executive Order March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020
Arlington Community School will be closed through April 24, 2020. See news feed for more information.

March 23, 2020

The Town of Arlington is working in conjunction with the Shelby County Health Department, City of Memphis and other Municipalities in Shelby County to issue a "Safer at Home" Executive Order starting at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, March 24,2020. More details to follow as soon as possible.
March 18th, 2020

In the interest of public safety and to help decrease the spread of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus), the Town of Arlington will be moving to modified operations effective March 18, 2020 until further notice. We will reevaluate these changes as more information is available. A detailed outline of modifications will be listed below. Our website and social media pages will be updated as changes are made. Considering recommendations made by the CDC and Shelby  County Health Department, access to the Town’s Public Facilities will be restricted and closed to the public. The Town of Arlington will make the following modifications for business operations:

Town Hall (Finance/Planning Department)

  • Town Hall is open to the public with social distancing requirements.
  • Code Enforcement Department will be closed to the public.
  • Business licenses may be obtained by mail at P.O. Box 507 Arlington, TN 38002. More information can be found on our website
  • Any necessary business with the Finance or Planning Department may be taken care of by calling 901-867-2620 or by emailing Brittney Owens at

Public Works Department

  • Public Works office is open to the public with social distancing requirements.
  • Garbage and Recycling collection will remain on schedule until further notice.
  • Yard debris will remain on schedule until further notice.
  • Utility calls/work will not be affected.
  • Any necessary business, including Construction Inspections may be taken care of by calling 901-867-2620 or by emailing Terry Perkins at

Arlington Fire Department

  • Fire Department lobby is open to the public with social distancing requirements.
  • Fire reports may be obtained by calling 901-867-8905 or emailing Jim Harvill at
  • Firefighters will wear additional protective gear to reduce exposure. 

Parks and Recreation Department

  • Parks and Recreation offices will be closed to the public. Any business may be taken care of by calling 901-867-2620 or by emailing
  • All scheduled activities are suspended until further notice.
  • Parks within the Town will be open for passive recreation such as walking or jogging.
  • Be aware that playground equipment, benches, etc. are surfaces that can host any and all germs and are not being sanitized until further notice.


  • Offices are closed to the public.
  • For sewer issues call 901-867-1782 or 901-302-5348.
  • Any business may be taken care of by emailing

Senior Citizens Center 

  • Closed to the public. Offering Virtual programming.
  • Staff is available by phone at 901-867-7698 or by email at

Sam T. Wilson Library

  • Open to the public at 50% capacity. Offering Curbside Pick-up and Virtual programming.
  • Staff is available by phone at 901-867-1954 or by email at


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