City of Jackson issues “Stay at Home” order on Wednesday

Coronavirus

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The City of Jackson is expected to announce a “Stay at Home” order on Wednesday, April 1, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The announcement was made during a news conference at 3:00 p.m.

The order requires individuals to stay at home or their place of residence and to practice social distancing. All non-essential businesses will be ordered to close. All places of public amusement shall also be closed.

The order will go into effect at 12:00 a.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.

YOU CAN

  • Go to the grocery or convenience store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Go to a restaurant for takeout, delivery, or drive-thru only. No in-house dining
  • Care for or support a friend or family member, only as provided for in the Order
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, and be in nature for exercise – if you keep at least six feet between you and others and observe all specific Social Distancing requirements as set forth in the Order
  • Help someone to get necessary supplies
  • Leave your home only for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Function, or to participate in Essential Businesses and Operations, provided that Social Distancing requirements as set forth in the Order are observed

YOU SHALL NOT

  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by the Order
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out

NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND OPERATIONS MUST CEASE

  • All businesses and operations in the City, except Essential Businesses and Operations as defined in the Order, are required to cease all activities, except for Minimum Basic Operations as defined in the Order, such as, handling payroll and security checks.

ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND OPERATIONS

  • All Essential Businesses and Operations may remain open.
  • Essential Businesses and Operations must comply with the specific Social Distancing Requirements provided in the Order.
  • The Jackson Police Department and other local agencies will monitor the activity of Essential Businesses and Operations, including religious and spiritual-based gatherings. If large gatherings are observed or reported, tighter restrictions will be issued.

PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND OPERATIONS

  • All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, pool halls, adult entertainment venues, zoos, children’s play centers, theaters, concert and music halls, and other similar businesses shall be closed.
  • All personal care and grooming businesses, including but not limited to, barbershops, beauty salons, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, and other similar businesses shall be closed.
  • All retail stores, except for those provided in Section 12(b) of the Order, shall be closed.
  • All bars, nightclubs, lounges, taverns, and private clubs shall be closed, except to the extent that such establishments may only provide take-out, pick-up, delivery, or drive-through services for food as allowed by law.
  • All malls, except for stores in a mall that have a direct outdoor entrance and exit that provide essential services and products as provided by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines, shall be closed.
  • In-house restaurant dining is prohibited.

PROHIBITED AND PERMITTED TRAVEL

  • Only Essential Travel and Essential Activities as defined in the Order are permitted. People riding on public transit must comply with Social Distancing Requirements to the greatest extent possible.  The Order allows travel into or out of the City to maintain Essential Businesses and Operations.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL WORKER FUNCTIONS

  • Healthcare workers and caregivers
  • Workers supporting groceries
  • Electricity and Utility Industry Employees
  • Public Safety Employees
  • Human Services Providers

In general, the Order follows guidance from the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) about what infrastructure and businesses are “critical or essential” during the COVID-19 outbreak.

HOW WILL THIS ORDER BE ENFORCED?

The City is working through the Jackson Police Department to support the Order. Citizens are encouraged to report violations.

WHEN IS THE STAY AT HOME ORDER GOING TO BE LIFTED?

The Order is effective 12:00 a.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020, and shall remain in full effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 17, 2020, unless rescinded or superseded by another applicable Order.  It will be periodically reviewed and continued, if necessary.

Click the link below to read the full executive order.

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