SAFER AT HOME
SAFER AT HOME…
On March 22, 2020, the Board of Aldermen and I declared a Civil Emergency and adopted an Ordinance for the control of contagious diseases. The March 22nd Ordinance was in effect for a period of 30 days. In early April, Governor Reeves issued a “Shelter In Place” Executive Order that was more restrictive than the City’s Civil Emergency Ordinance. When the Board of Aldermen and I met Tuesday, April 21, 2020, the Board voted unanimously to allow the local Civil Emergency Ordinance to expire. This action was taken due to the fact that the Governor’s “Shelter In Place” Executive Order remained in effect through April 27th, and in anticipation of the Governor issuing further guidance this week for what will happen after the 27th. Today Governor Reeves issued Executive Order No. 1477 which he has titled the “Safer At Home Order.” The Order takes effect at 8:00 am Monday, April 27, 2020 and expires Monday, May 11, 2020. Links are provided for the “Safer At Home” Executive Order No. 1477, as well as “Frequently Asked Questions” regarding the Executive Order.
Statistics indicate that we have slowed the spread of this terrible virus, which in turn helps us avoid the potential of an over-run of our healthcare facilities. This is great news, but we must remain smart, and continue to exercise social distancing and good hygiene. If possible, wear a mask when in public places. Our healthcare professionals have said that anything is better than nothing. I know this is a difficult time for us all. The virus is bad enough, but the economic impact it’s having is as devastating as the virus itself. We remain in this fight together, while we are apart, and I’m thankful to be in this fight with all of you. The way you’ve stepped up to take care of one another has, and continues to be, a great example of OB Pride.
Mayor Scott B. Phillips, Jr.