Keep beach groups small, practice social distancing, Harrison supervisors remind residents

The Harrison County Supervisors issued a statement Friday reminding residents and visitors to the Coast that the beaches are closed to groups of more than 10.

Supervisors said in a statement sent to the media that the beach is closed to large groups and even small groups of 10 or fewer should practice social distancing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

“Any person or persons violating this Order made pursuant to Miss. Code. Ann. §
33-15-43 shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine not exceeding Five
Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment for not exceeding six (6) months or both
Such is necessary in order to protect against the spread of the novel
coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),” Supervisors said in the statement.

“The Board hopes all will be mindful of the threat to the health, safety, and welfare
of the citizens and visitors to Harrison County and follow the Board’s Order, and the
guidelines for “community mitigation strategies” to limit the spread of COVID-19,
including recommendations for social distancing, which has proven to be an effective
method for containing COVID-19.”

Harrison County’s statement comes on the heels of Jackson County Supervisors hiring monitors to ensure that gatherings on their beaches and other public areas remain at 10 or fewer, according to a report from Margaret Baker.

According to the Sun Herald website, supervisors on Friday hired four independent contractors to monitor the beaches and other public areas to look for and disperse crowds of more than 10 people due to coronavirus.

Baker reported that supervisors will pay $166 a day to the four constables hired to act as monitors. They are constables Ty Thompson, Shane Langfitt, Calvin Hutchins and Kerry Fountain.

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