Jackson mayor announces citywide curfew as businesses begin to reopen

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba held a news conference on Tuesday, May 12, to give the public more information about the reopening of the city.

Starting Saturday, May 16, customers will be able to visit shops, dine-in restaurants and hair salons.

Despite city and Hinds County data not supporting stay-at-home orders be lifted as it totals 681 cases with 17 deaths, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is going against his original strategy to keep up with the surrounding metro. 

“While this may not be the measure that I would implement where the data has us at this time, there’s little that we can do,” Mayor Lumumba stated “To stop residents from going to Clinton or Byram or Pearl. In many regards our hand is forced.”

But as people head out into public spaces, especially where you can’t social distance those above two years of age must have their faces covered. 

“Where you will come into contact with individuals and you cannot maintain a six feet separation than you are required to wear that face covering,” City Attorney Tim Howard explained.

This requirement carries on into retail outlets where employees and customers must have their faces protected, anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms or fevers are prohibited from entering stores, and no more than five customers within 1,000 square feet. 

“A great deal of our measures implemented will rely on personal discipline and the discipline of these businesses,” Mayor Lumumba said. “Where those individuals see fit not to abide our police department will issue citations.”

Meanwhile, Jackson restaurants are prohibited from serving food at bar areas, and no more than six people may sit at one table. Employees and customers must all be screened before entering and establishments must have hand sanitizer at all doors. 

“All front of house high contact surfaces shall be sanitized at a minimum every two hours,” Rickey Thigpen with Visit Jackson said. “If single menus are used, they should be sanitized after each customers touch.”

As for barber shops and nail salons customers can only come in if they schedule an appointment ahead of time and city wide there’s a curfew from 11:00pm-5:00am forbidding any non-essential travel.

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