Gautier orders curfew, limits customers at retail outlets

Gautier city officials on Thursday followed up Gov. Tate Reeves’ shelter in place order with its own city curfew and other measures designed to limit contact because of the coronavirus.

The curfew will run from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice.

This curfew applies to all except public safety officers; those working for federal, state and local government or law enforcement; those employed by a hospital, medical facility or ambulance service and who are traveling to or from work; those going to and from work as permitted in this order; those suffering a health or medical emergency who are traveling for care; those traveling through the city along Interstate 10 or U.S. Highway 90 and who do not stop in the city; and those actively involved in the provision of services of an “essential business.”

In addition, the city ordered limits on the number of customers allowed in stores, based on the size of the business. Retailers with 100,000 square feet or more will be limited to 30 customers at any given time, while retailers with 25,000 to 99,999 square feet will be limited to 20 individuals. Retailers with 24,999 square feet or less will be limited to 10 customers at any given. These numbers exclude employees.

The order was approved at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The order further sitpulates that businesses provide hand sanitizer to customers and must disinfect and sanitize common areas on a regular basis. Businesses also must adhere to the most recent guidelines issued by the CDC, the MSDH and the president on how to prevent the spread of this virus, whichever is strictest.

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