Emergency order in effect in Biloxi starting Thursday

Certain businesses within Biloxi city limits will be put on hold until further notice.

This comes just after midnight – and a city-wide daily curfew will go into effect Thursday night – as an emergency proclamation signed off by mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich on Tuesday, goes into effect.

Come Thursday at 11 p.m., a curfew will be in place nightly from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., applying to all but few who travel roads within Biloxi city limits until further notice. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said, “There are just a lot of people who are maintaining their jobs at night, so those people we are certainly going to let go to and from work at night without any problems-anybody in the medical field, military, all those folks will be able to go to work and go home without a problem.”

It’s all part of an emergency order issued and signed off on by Biloxi Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo Gilch this week, an order that also requires businesses with close contact among customers to also shut down until further notice come early Thursday morning at 12:01 a.m. “The tattoo businesses, the spas, the hair salons, nail salons, all those things right now are going to be asked to shut down. It’s a mandatory shut down.”

Liquor stores in the City of Biloxi will still be up and running and the curfew will not apply to these businesses because they already had to shut down anyway before the curfew begins on a nightly basis. “If we can get ahead of this thing right now is the time to do it. So we can maybe end this thing in a few weeks instead of a few months. We don’t want to arrest anybody, but arrests could take place. Fines could take place. We don’t want to do those things. What we’re going to try to do the first week or so, we’re going to warn you, but once we warn you, your name is in our system.”

And the increased threat hits even closer to home with Orleans Parish, home to New Orleans, just 80 miles away, reporting more than 2,270 confirmed cases, contributing to Louisiana’s overall 6,400 cases state-wide as of the first of April. “Don’t be so tough you can’t follow these guidelines. Look at what’s going on throughout the nation.”

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