With Governor Reeves’ stay-at-home order set to take effect tomorrow evening at 5 p.m., it made a quiet day on beaches in Harrison County.
Beaches are some of the many places mandated to close as a result of the order. However, boardwalks are set to remain open for individual recreation.
Today, most people stayed away from the beaches in Gulfport and Biloxi and City of Biloxi maintenance crews started placing barricades near parking spots.
Michael Smith of Waveland was in the area and decided to take a walk along the beach before the order takes effect. He says the empty beaches are a surreal sight to see. “It’s had a dramatic effect. It’s a sobering situation to see the businesses and a lack of people on the beach. Everyone’s respecting it for the most part.”
Boaters are reminded by local law enforcement of increased patrols on all coastal waterways during this time. If you choose to go boating during this time, you’re asked to maintain distancing and allow only those in your immediate family on your vessel.