Update From Mayor Phillips (April 17, 2020)

The current “Shelter-In-Place” was scheduled to expire Monday, April 20, at 8:00 a.m. Governor Reeves has extended this for an additional week, to expire Monday, April 27, at 8:00 a.m., but with some slight modifications. The impact of this modification within our City will allow businesses that were identified as “non-essential” to resume operations limited to drive-thru, curbside, and/or delivery, subject to safety guidelines. If these businesses are unable to provide services and/or goods via these methods, they must remain closed, with the exception of minimum operations as defined in the Governor’s Executive Order #1466.
The Executive Order will allow a municipality to take the order beyond what has been set by the Governor, but requires each municipality to adhere to at least the minimum requirement set in the Executive Order. The number of additional cases in our County leads me to believe we are doing what we need to, and gives me great hope that we have flattened the curve in our City. There were only two additional positive cases reported in our County between April 15 and April 16. Although this is great news, it is important that we not let up on doing the things that are causing our number of positive cases to decline. I encourage you to continue practicing social distancing, wear a mask when going out in public settings where you may encounter others, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and use hand sanitizer often when you’re not able to wash them. Most importantly, keep your hands away from your face at all times.
I do see a light at the end of the tunnel and it is my prayer that we can begin opening our businesses more, and more, as the “Shelter In Place” Order is lifted. Thank you for displaying your OB Pride through taking care of one another. Please continue to check on your health compromised, and elderly neighbors. It’s been overwhelming to hear the stories, and see images on social media, of the numerous ways individuals, businesses, and churches, are making an impact in our community, county, state, country, and the world. Although the impact we’re making is done while we are separated, we will get through this time together. #OBPride #MyCityofOB
God bless,
Mayor Scott B. Phillips, Jr.

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