Update from Mayor Phillips (April 2, 2020)

April 1, 2020, at 3:30 p.m., Governor Tate Reeves issued a “Shelter in Place” order for the entire State of Mississippi, beginning Friday, April 3, at 5:00 p.m., until Monday, April 20, at 8:00 a.m. I have included links to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 1466, as well as his previous Executive Order No. 1463 for supplemental reference. Also linked are Frequently Asked Questions, from the Governor’s Office, that we hope will clear up any questions you may have.


Here is a basic overview of the changes from what the City is enforcing today, to what will be in effect under the Governor’s order:
  • Restaurants and Bars:  No take out service.  Drive-thru, curbside, or delivery only
  • Religious Gatherings:  subject to CDC guidelines, which may be revised based on the level of community transmission of the virus.
  • Non-essential Businesses:  Must cease operation with the exception of what the Order defines as “minimum operations.”
  • Funerals; Non-essential Social Gatherings:  these are prohibited if they include a gathering of more than 10 persons.
  • Parks:  Closed
  • Gyms, fitness clubs, salons, barbershops, etc.:  Closed
  • Places of amusement and recreation, movie theaters, party facilities, etc.:  Closed to the public
  • Non-essential retail:  Closed with the exception of “minimum operations” as defined in the Order.


I appreciate your cooperation and support as we ALL continue to navigate these uncharted waters. As I’ve stated in previous updates, it’s imperative that we all practice social distancing and use good hygiene. If you don’t have to go out, please stay home. We will continue to monitor the situation and pass along any updates as we have them. I encourage you to continue helping those in need; your elderly, and/or health compromised neighbors, who may be in need of essentials. Check on them and provide assistance when needed. Again, this information should not incite panic, fear, nor the need to hoard groceries and supplies. Our supply chain will continue to provide for our needs. When going out for groceries, and other necessities, have a list of items needed and go by yourself. This will save you time and reduce the number of people in the store. We will get through this together, by distancing ourselves at this time.
Mayor Scott B. Phillips, Jr.

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