Jackson mayor signs executive order closing inside bar service, limits social gatherings

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba issued an executive order on Tuesday to close bars to indoor guests and extend the limits on social gatherings in the city. The mayor cited the need for stronger action to stop the rise of COVID-19 cases in Jackson.

Mayor Lumumba said the Third Amended Stay Safe Jackson Executive Order also serves to ensure that the city is in compliance with the most recent state regulations.

Key provisions of the executive order include:

·         All bars, nightclubs, lounges, taverns, and private clubs located in the City of Jackson shall close, except to the extent that such establishments may only provide take-out, pick-up, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law.

·         Bar tops and bar areas IN ALL ESTABLISHMENTS must close to the public, but employees can continue to work behind bar tops and bar areas to make drinks to serve alcohol at tables, or make drinks to serve patrons that pull up in a car or appear curbside.

·         Restaurants may continue to offer lawful sale of alcohol and in-house (indoor and outdoor) dining for food services pursuant to the limitations and applicable provisions of the Stay Safe Jackson Executive Order.

·         Social gatherings and activities shall be limited to a maximum of 10 participants indoors, and a maximum of 20 participants outdoors. This limitation shall not apply to gatherings in facilities governed by other capacity limitations.

Mayor Lumumba said, “I am committed to addressing the challenges that COVID-19 has wrought for an important sector of our business community. Although we are faced with difficult choices, we will always prioritize saving lives.”

This Proclamation of Executive Order supersedes the July 2, 2020 “Second Amended Stay Safe Jackson Executive Order.” It goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

One Fondren restaurant, Babalu, will be complying with this order. Assistant Manager Jasline Lee explained that even if they do take a hit in sales, it won’t be too hard to deal with.

“I feel like it will make a bit of a difference to our business but not much,” Lee said. “We still have the dining room and the patio for seating and all those areas are able to be six feet apart.”

She added that although this is not an ideal situation, she understands that this is definitely the safest bet for the time being.

“A bar is very close knit,” Lee said. “People are so close up on each other. We’re used to that but with this new normal that we have to get used to, is for the safety of everyone.”

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