Beach-goers could face jail time for large group
Many people are turning to the outdoors during this time to get out of the house and get some fresh air.
But if you plan on heading to the beach you will need to make sure you are sticking to a group of less than ten and practicing social distancing guidelines or you could face fines and jail time.
Harrison County Board of Supervisors declared the beaches are still open, but they are closed to groups of more than ten people.
Beach-goers must also follow the CDC’s recommendation for social distancing which is six feet apart from the person next to you.
Failure to follow these rules could result in fines of up to $500 and six months of jail time. Harrison County Sand Beach Department Director Chuck Loftis said, “The board has come to the conclusion that they want to keep the beaches open as much as possible, but hopefully the people will adhere to the rules. So, we don’t have to close the beach. We can leave it open for the general public to utilize it, to get out get some fresh air and enjoy it.”
If people do not follow these social distancing guidelines, the Harrison County Board of Supervisors will have to reevaluate the situation.