City of Ocean Springs asking all residents to stay home except for essential needs
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WXXV) The City of Ocean Springs is asking all residents to stay home except for essential needs.
Mayor Shea Dobson and the Board of Aldermen voted unanimously on Saturday to pass the “Proclamation to Protect Life and Property and to Prevent the Spread of the Novel COVID-19.”
Under the proclamation, Ocean Springs residents are encouraged to stay home except to get food or medical attention or to go to work in essential businesses.
Meanwhile, Governor Tate Reeves says he is not ordering businesses to close or people to stay home to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Reeves faces criticism from some mayors and lawmakers who say he needs to set statewide restrictions.
The City of Ocean Springs says, “This is a critical intervention to reduce harm from the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”
What is closed?
- Dine-in restaurants (including outside dining)
- Bars and nightclubs
- Entertainment venues
- Recreational facilities
- Tattoo parlors
- Hair/Nail/Beauty/Tanning salons
- Community centers
- Parks except for walking trails
- Gyms and fitness studios
These essential services may remain open:
- City/county government services: police stations, fire stations, garbage/sanitation, utilities (water and power)
- Gas stations
- Pharmacies and drug stores
- Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, restaurants offering curb-side pick-up and delivery only
- Hospitals/clinics and other healthcare operations (Nursing homes and assisted living facilities)
- Hardware stores and businesses providing necessary services to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences (plumbers, electricians, landscapers, HVAC services)
- Community benefit organizations on a case-by-case basis (United Way, Salvation Army,Red Cross)
- Laundromats/laundry services
- Veterinarian offices
- Security companies
The Mississippi State Health Department reported Monday that Mississippi had nearly 250 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.