Jackson mayor asks businesses to require customers to wear masks


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba asked businesses to require customers to wear facial masks. This comes after 611 new coronavirus cases were reported in Mississippi on Tuesday.

Mayor Lumumba reminded neighbors that the virus is still a looming threat to the community.

He said he saw pictures of people in the city not taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves. They were not wearing masks or social distancing. The mayor said those people are putting themselves and their families at risk.

According to Mayor Lumumba, the city won’t hesitate to reimpose regulations to protect public health and safety.

“When faced with the alternative of more people dying, when faced with the alternative of more people getting sick, we will do what we have to do and so I want those businesses to remember the strain they had to go through remember how difficult it has been when we had to shut down businesses,” said Mayor Lumumba.

The mayor says the city is also trying to narrow down an agreement with the state for data tracking to help areas impacted the most.

“We’re able to tell right down to the zip code, neighborhood to see where the hotspots are,” said Mayor Lumumba. “We have been making an effort to compile that data through our symptom tracker in the testing that we’re doing, but we know it is more effective if we can combine the information we have to make that happen.”


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