City of Jackson’s reopening guidelines for businesses


UPDATE: 10:30 p.m. – To keep up with the rest of the metro mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba announced earlier this week the City of Jackson will be allowing all businesses to reopen amid extensive social distancing guidelines being followed.

Gatherings of 10 or more people in one setting are still prohibited but beginning May 16. thousands of Jacksonians will be back to work. 

“We depend on businesses being open,” Mayor Lumumba stated. “We depend on people being able to work so they can go to the grocery stores. In terms of the services we provide our water revenue has gone down.”

Restaurants, one of the hardest hit industries may only allow six people at a table, all employees must wear face coverage, and disinfect every menu after someone touches it. Some have found digital ways to work around that.

“We’ll have a QR code so you can scan that with your phone using basic photo mode and it will take you to the limited menu and beverage menu automatically,” Sam White with Hal and Mal’s explained.

Before entering anywhere all employees and customers must have face coverage and be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Then hand sanitizer must be available. 

“Our communities are far too interconnected,” Mayor Lumumba said. “For one city here or one city there not take its responsibility than we threaten Ridgeland, Madison, Brandon and Clinton. That’s why we need uniform practices.”

Barber and nail salon shops can only serve those who call ahead of time to avoid overcrowding. But the bigger concern is gyms who can only open to 30% capacity and disinfect all equipment after each guest. 

“We’re calling on businesses, we’re calling on residents to demonstrate personal responsibility,” Mayor Lumumba added. “And care for their own lives and follow the guidelines.”

Anyone out in public must also wear face coverage if you can’t social distance six feet from others. And Jackson is also forbidding non-essential travel from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

There are many more details in the mayor’s new orders for the full layout of them all click here.

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Starting Saturday, May 16, customers will be able to visit shops, dine-in restaurants, and hair salons in the City of Jackson.

On Thursday, the city released guidelines for individuals, employers, retail stores, restaurants, gyms, salons, and barbershops on its website. The guidelines were issued due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Jackson City Council passed a Citywide Temporary Leisure and Recreation District (Go Cup) ordinance on May 12. There’s more information about the temporary ordinance on the city’s website.

A citywide curfew will also start on Saturday, May 16. It will be from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

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