Coast cities adopt curfews, stricter rules for businesses

Coast cities adopt curfews, stricter rules for businesses

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Last Friday, the first curfew was declared by Moss Point mayor Mario King. Fast forward a couple of days and multiple Coast cities are following suit.

On Tuesday, Biloxi, Gulfport, D’Iberville, Long Beach and Pascagoula announced nightly curfews for their residents. Gautier added its own nightly curfew Wednesday.

For more specific details on each city that has set stricter laws to keep citizens safe, view the list below:

Curfew:

  • 11 pm. to 5 a.m.
  • set to go into effect April 2 at 11:59 p.m.
  • This curfew applies to all people, with the exception of: 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.”

Non-essential businesses: All businesses that do not explicitly fall within the scope of “essential businesses” as defined by Gov. Tate Reeves in Executive Order 1463 and whose very nature requires contact of less than six feet, shall remain closed or suspend operations effective April 2 at 11:59 p.m. This includes, but is not limited to, personal care and grooming businesses, tattoo parlors, spas, exercise studios, massage parlors, fitness centers and facilities, health clubs, indoor entertainment venues, nail salons, barbershops, cross-training gyms, beauty parlors and salons, gyms, and other similar businesses located in the City of Gautier.

Retail establishments: 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 maximums exclude employees. Retailers also must provide customers hand sanitizer, must disinfect and sanitize common areas on a regular basis and must adhere to the most recent guidelines on how to prevent the spread of this virus, including, but is not limited to, social distancing requirements (staying at least six feet away from others), restrictions on gatherings (avoiding groups in excess of 10 people) and regular hand-washing and personal hygiene.

Restaurants: They may continue to only sell food and beverage by carryout, walk-out, curbside, drive-up, drive-thru and delivery. In the case of carryout, no more than five customers shall be allowed in the establishment at any given time.

Golf courses: They may remain open so long as there are no more than four players in any one group, that carts are sanitized after each round, that only one player be allowed per cart, that rakes, water coolers and ball washers are removed from the course or made inaccessible to players, that cups on greens are turned upside down to create a more shallow hole, that flags are affixed to cups and must include signage directing players not to touch the flag, that payments are made online and/or otherwise outside of the clubhouse, that players must be permitted to utilize their own coolers, ice and beverages, and that there is no public access to the pro shop, locker rooms, indoor facilities and restaurant/bar (unless for take-out purposes). Finally, signage must be placed in a highly visible manner stating: (1) Stay at least 6 feet away from others, (2) Do not shake hands before or after your game, (3) Leave flagsticks in the hole, and (4) Do not share clubs or any other equipment.

This order defines essential business as: obtaining food; attending to medically necessary appointments, essential social services, governmental services, assistance from law enforcement or emergency services; caring for family, household members or pets; complying with a valid order of a court of competent jurisdiction; and engaging in personal recreation such as walking, hiking, running/jogging, fishing, bicycling, or walking pets.

Curfew:

  • 11 p.m to 5 a.m.
  • set to go in effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31
  • This curfew applies to all Long Beach residents. Those who are exempt are the following: public safety officers, hospital or urgent care type facility employee, medical clinic, medicinal laboratory, physician’s office or ambulance service employee. Additionally, those who are traveling on Highway 90 are fine if they do not stop in the city. Lastly, all who are deemed work for an essential business, this curfew does not apply to you if you are traveling to and from work.

Non-essential businesses: Under this order, non-essential businesses and those “whose very nature requires contact less than six feet away” are being temporarily closed starting Tuesday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m. This includes barbershops, spas, hair salons, fitness centers, tattoo parlors, nail salons, and gyms.

Restaurants: They must remain closed with the only exception being that they only provide take-out/curbside pick-up, delivery or drive-thru options.No on-premise meal service or consumption is allowed – inside, or outside.

Hotels: Hotels and other lodging establishments are only allowed to have the number of occupants allowed by bed capacity in each room. For example, a room with two beds is only allowed to have two people.

Large Customer Base: Businesses that have a larger customer base, such as large retail stores and the plasma center, are ordered to limit customer access to no more than five percent of their permitted occupancy limit at any one time, not including employees.

Public Parks and Spaces: As long as residents follow the guidelines issued by the CDC, the MDOH, or the President, i.e. social distancing from others with a length of six feet away and not gathering in a crowd of more than ten people, public parks and spaces will remain open.

The order defines essential employees as: Healthcare workers and caregivers, Mental health and Social Service workers, Pharmacy employees, Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies and other retail sales of food and beverage products, Restaurant carryout and quick-serve food operations and food delivery employees, Farm workers, Electricity and Utility Industry Employees, Critical Manufacturing Employees (medical supply chains, energy, transportation, food, chemicals), Petroleum, Natural and Propane Gas Workers, Transportation and Logistics Workers, Communications and Information Technology Employees, and Financial Services and Banking Industry Employees

Consequences: Those who do not abide by the order may be subject to misdemeanor prosecution.

Curfew:

  • 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • set to go in effect on Tuesday, March 31 at 11 p.m.

Restaurants: Dining indoors or outside is not allowed at any restaurants. Only takeout and curbside pickup, delivery, or drive through options are allowed. Customers must follow CDC guidelines and stand six feet apart if there is a line when they are picking up their order.

Entertainment: The following must suspend operations until further notice: bars, social clubs, night clubs, taverns, lounges, private clubs, indoor and outdoor performance venues, tattoo parlors, spas, exercise studios, massage parlors, fitness centers, nail salons, barbershops, cross-training gyms, fitness facilities, beauty parlors.

Consequences: Those who do not follow the new order risk receiving a fine of up to $500, imprisonment for up to 6 months or both.

Curfew:

  • 11 p.m to 5 a.m.
  • set to go in effect on Thursday, April 2 at 12:01 a.m.
  • Medical professionals, first responders, and military personnel are exempt from this order.

Non-essential business: Under this order, they must close.

Retail establishments: They are allowed to remain open, but they must limit customer access to less than 5% of their permitted occupancy limit. Grocery stores and pharmacies are specifically exempt from the 5% occupancy limit. Please contact the Building Department for questions regarding occupancy limits at (228) 273-3391 or hfountain@diberville.ms.us.

Restaurants: No change has been made in regard to restaurants. They are required to provide take-out/curbside pick-up, delivery or drive-thru options. No on-premise meal service or consumption is allowed – inside, or outside.

The City of D’Iberville Orders Non-Essential Retailers Closed and Issues Stay at Home Order

Posted by City of D'Iberville on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

D’Iberville residents are allowed to do the following:

  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Go to medically necessary appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out/curbside pick-up, delivery or drive-thru only
  • Care for or support a friend or family member
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog, and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian, if necessary
  • Help someone to get necessary supplies
  • Receive deliveries from any business which delivers
All individuals in the City of D’Iberville must adhere to the most recent regulations or guidelines issued by the CDC, the MDOH, or the President of the United States with respect to prevention and protection against the spread of this virus (e.g., staying at least 6 ft from others and avoiding groups in excess of 10 persons).
"Stay-At-Home Order"

D’Iberville residents should not do the following:

  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility or other residential care facilities, except for limited exceptions as provided on the facility websites

The order defines essential employees as: Healthcare workers and caregivers, Mental health and Social Service workers, Pharmacy employees, Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies and other retail sales of food and beverage products, Restaurant carryout and quick-serve food operations and food delivery employees, Farm workers, Electricity and Utility Industry Employees, Critical Manufacturing Employees (medical supply chains, energy, transportation, food, chemicals), Petroleum, Natural and Propane Gas Workers, Transportation and Logistics Workers, Communications and Information Technology Employees, and Financial Services and Banking Industry Employees

Curfew

  • 11 p.m to 5 a.m.
  • set to go into effect on Thursday, April 2 at 11 p.m.

Non-essential businesses: Many non-essential businesses “that rely on close contact” are being temporarily closed starting April 2 at 12:01 a.m. Barbershops, spas, hair salons, fitness centers, tattoo parlors, nail salons, and gyms are included.

The order defines essential employees as: Healthcare workers and caregivers, Mental health and Social Service workers, Pharmacy employees, Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies and other retail sales of food and beverage products, Restaurant carryout and quick-serve food operations and food delivery employees, Farm workers, Electricity and Utility Industry Employees, Critical Manufacturing Employees (medical supply chains, energy, transportation, food, chemicals), Petroleum, Natural and Propane Gas Workers, Transportation and Logistics Workers, Communications and Information Technology Employees, and Financial Services and Banking Industry Employees

Large Customer Base: Businesses that have a larger customer base, such as large retail stores and the plasma center should offer customers disinfectant options such as hand sanitizer and enforce social distancing guidelines— standing six feet away.

Public Parks and Spaces: As long as residents follow the guidelines issued by the CDC, the MDOH, or the President, i.e. social distancing from others with a length of six feet away and not gathering in a crowd of more than ten people, public parks and spaces will remain open.

Biloxi mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said that the second proclamation, “deals with addressing remaining measures that must be taken Coastwide to finish the deal. In short, closing non-essential businesses that by nature cannot maintain CDC guidelines, mainly the social distancing of six feet. Those would include nail and beauty salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, gyms, etc.”

The Chief of Police for the City, John Miller, noted that this new curfew that will go in place will “not drastically impact his department”, according to Gilich.

Today's video update: Curfew, more closures. In a nutshell: Shelter in place, Biloxi.

Posted by City of Biloxi on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Read the executive order issued by the city by clicking HERE.

Curfew

  • 11 p.m to 5 a.m.
  • set to go in effect Tuesday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m.

As for Gulfport, their “Safer-At-Home Order” goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. The proclamation, which was issued by Mayor Billy Hewes, puts in place a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for all individuals, with the exception of medical professionals and first responders. It also restricts activities and businesses allowed to stay in operation throughout the city, as well as enforces consequences for establishments that ignore social distancing protocols and allow the gathering of groups.

FULL INTERVIEW: Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes on "Safer-at-Home" order
“We can choose to endure 4-6 weeks of debilitating hardship, or 6-8 months of devastating quarantine.
Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes

“While many have adapted their practices and adopted their own shelter-in-place protocols, there are, unfortunately, too many groups, individuals, and establishments who have ignored the warnings – continuing to operate and encourage large gatherings, as if nothing has changed," states the order. “This selfishness is unfair to those who have been acting in good faith, and has now put our community at risk.”

"...Matters are likely to get worse, before they get better. While this ‘inconvenience’ has cramped our style, the sad fact is, it’s likely to start killing our friends and neighbors. It’s that serious.”
Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes

It continues: “It is because of these activities that we are now forced to implement additional measures to protect the public. This is anything, but ‘business as usual.’ Local officials take no pleasure in restricting the movements of our public, but it has been shown that the quicker measures are put in place, the faster communities recover, economically.”

Additionally, the order also says residents must limit activities beyond essential needs and stay home. It also advises businesses to “open if necessary; close where possible.”

Residents are allowed to do the following:

  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Go to medically necessary appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out/curbside pick-up, delivery or drive-thru only
  • Care for or support a friend or family member
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian, if necessary
  • Help someone to get necessary supplies
  • Receive deliveries from any business which delivers

Residents should not do the following:

  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order*
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility or other residential care facility, except for limited exceptions as provided on the facility websites.

Entertainment: Additionally, the mayor has ordered that all businesses that provide indoor and outdoor amusement, such as trampoline parks, theaters, children’s play centers, racetracks, and adult entertainment venues, be closed indefinitely. Also ordered to close are personal care and grooming businesses, including barber shops, hair salons, fitness centers, tattoo parlors, nail salons, and gyms.

Large Customer Base: Businesses that have a larger customer-base, such as large retail stores and the plasma center, are ordered to limit customer access to no more than five percent of their permitted occupancy limit at any one time, not including employees.

Restaurants: Dining indoors or outside is not allowed at any restaurants. Only takeout and curbside pickup, delivery, or drive through options are allowed.

Hotels: Hotels and other lodging establishments are only allowed to have the number of occupants allowed by bed capacity in each room. For example, a room with two beds is only allowed to have two people.

Businesses closed to the public are allowed to conduct necessary activities such as payroll, cleaning services, maintenance or upkeep, as necessary – provided social distancing protocols are enforced.

Childcare Centers: Early learning centers and child care facilities adhering to the guidance issued by the Mississippi Department of Education and Office of Public Health may continue to operate.

The order defines essential employees as:

Healthcare workers and caregivers, Mental health and Social Service workers, Pharmacy employees, Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies and other retail sales of food and beverage products, Restaurant carryout and quick-serve food operations and food delivery employees, Farm workers, Electricity and Utility Industry Employees, Critical Manufacturing Employees (medical supply chains, energy, transportation, food, chemicals), Petroleum, Natural and Propane Gas Workers, Transportation and Logistics Workers, Communications and Information Technology Employees, and Financial Services and Banking Industry Employees. See more on “essential workers” as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19

Consequences

For those establishments choosing to further the spread of the virus by ignoring social distancing protocols and allowing the gathering of groups, the city is implementing a new warning and citation policy. City Directors have been authorized to issue warning notices to operations in violation of crowd density and social distancing restrictions.

The City of Gulfport will issue these yellow card warnings to businesses who are not maintaining social distancing guidelines and health guidelines set forth by the city.
The City of Gulfport will issue these yellow card warnings to businesses who are not maintaining social distancing guidelines and health guidelines set forth by the city. (Source: City of Gulfport)

Those establishments issued a warning will be posted on the City of Gulfport Facebook page.

Police Officers are authorized to issue citations, that include a fine up to $300, and/or jail time, up to 6 months. First offense shall be for the on-premises manager or supervisor. Second offense violations shall apply to the managers, supervisors, owners, and all patrons on premises.

“The economic impacts already being felt are alarming, but if we don’t take additional steps to protect the health of our community, what we are encountering today is only the tip of the iceberg,” states Mayor Hewes’ executive order. “We can choose to endure 4-6 weeks of debilitating hardship, or 6-8 months of devastating quarantine. Based upon trends around the country, matters are likely to get worse, before they get better. While this ‘inconvenience’ has cramped our style, the sad fact is, it’s likely to start killing our friends and neighbors. It’s that serious.”

Read the mayor’s full Safer-At-Home Order by clicking HERE.

Read the executive order issued by the city by clicking HERE.

Curfew:

  • 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • went into effect on March 28

Non-essential businesses: Gyms, salons, nail salons, barbershops, pools, cross-fit, and indoor and outdoor entertainment venues must close.

Retail establishments: Supermarkets, food and beverage stores, food providers, convenience stores, pharmacies, hardware and building materials, gas stations and restaurants are among the businesses deemed essential, and thus, they can have more than five customers in the store at any given time. All of the stores not mentioned are not allowed to have more than five customers in a store at a time, and it is recommended that they do not remain open.

Restaurants: Dining indoors or outside is not allowed at any restaurants. Only takeout and curbside pickup, delivery, or drive through options are allowed. In addition, there should be no more than five customers in an establishment at any given time.

Shelter-In-Place: According to King’s order, a “Shelter-In-Place" will be in effect 24 hours per day 7 days per week. This means that all individuals shall remain at home, with less than ten people present (inside or outside your home), and practice social distancing unless you need to leave your home for any essential business as listed in the Governor’s Executive Order 1463. This Order is not limiting the citizens right to leave home for Essential Business."

Consequences: King said some summons were issued and reminded homeowners that they could be fined $500 for each additional person at their residence, adding “neighbors who see large gatherings should call the police."

Read the executive order issued by the city by clicking HERE.

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