One by one coastal cities throughout Harrison County are issuing orders to help keep communities safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Words from Coastal city leadership as the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc throughout the world.
Biloxi issued a shelter in place order, D’Iberville issued a stay-at-home order and Long Beach issued a stay-at-home order, and Gulfport issued a safer at home order. Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said, “It’s gotten to the point where even with the measures we put in place a couple weeks ago that they are not having the effect we’d hoped for. We’re continuing see the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”
Each order carries a nightly curfew from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. “Most businesses can still remain active to a limited fashion. They have to make sure they limit things to ten people or less and don’t allow people inside their store greater than ten. They have to have the social distances, six feet apart, in place. If you are in a line of work and it’s articulated in this order that, if you’re a workout gym facility, a barbershop, a salon, places where you have to be in close proximity to people, those businesses we told need to shut down.”
Cecilia Dobbs Walton with the City of Biloxi said, “Mayor Gilich believes that 95 percent of people are following the advice and the cities are working together in concert to take the next step. So, nothing to be alarmed about. It’s just a step taken to help control the spread of the virus.”
With cases in Mississippi climbing to more than 930 and the death toll reaching 20, local leadership believes it is a priority to stress the severity of this virus. “It’s very important the public adhere to all the guidelines, the guidelines of the CDC, the guidelines of all elected officials on the Coast.”
“We’ve got to do some things that are uncomfortable, that are inconvenient, but if we don’t this is going to persist a lot longer than what we’re dealing with now.”