City of Ocean Springs falling in line with Health Department restrictions
In a continued effort to protect the community, Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson adopts the Mississippi health department’s guideline.
Mayor Shea Dobson and the board of aldermen voted Saturday to direct all residents to stay home, except to get food or medical attention or to go to work in essential businesses.
“No dining inside or outside. So, it’s only curbside or delivery or pick up, that type of thing. No gatherings or groups over 10 people. We put out a list of other businesses. Basically the gist of it is if you can’t conduct your business without being six foot from the client then you probably shouldn’t be doing it and you need to close.”
Ocean Springs resident Susannah Snyder works in the downtown area. She says the orders impact her job, but she couldn’t agree with them more.
“I really think it’s the right thing to do. You can tell when you’re looking around that people in Ocean Springs are paying attention and they’re trying to do the same. We all want to support our small businesses for as long and as much as we can, but now is the time to change your ways a little and take one for the team so we can all get through it.”
On the other hand, Ocean Springs resident Mike Butler says safety is his number one priority too, but the orders seem to be a step too far. “I understand it, but I think some of these restaurants that have outdoor seating I don’t see why they couldn’t have limited the amount of people because I see so many people out of work right now.”
Mayor Dobson says hopefully things will get back to normal soon, but for now the measures are for the safety of all. “We’re working with other mayors and other officials. Our goal is to have this lifted as soon as possible. Shutting down businesses isn’t something I ever envisioned I would have to do, but it’s one of those hard decisions that we reluctantly had to do.”