COVID-19

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SECOND AMENDED EMERGENCY MAYORAL PROCLAMATION OF EXECUTIVE ORDER  ISSUING REGULATIONS TO PREVENT THE INTRODUCTION 

AND SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES, PURSUANT 

TO MISS. CODE ANN. SECTIONS 21-19-3 AND 33-15-17


WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the Governor of the State of Mississippi issued a similar declaration of emergency on March 14, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Mayor of the City of Moss Point, Mississippi, pursuant to Miss Code Ann. § 21-19-3, et seq. and Miss. Code Ann. § 33-15-17, et seq., issued a "Proclamation by the Mayor of the City of Moss Point Declaring a Civil and/or Local Emergency to Exist as a Result of a Threatened or Existing Public Health Emergency (COVID-19)"; and

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the Board of Aldermen ratified the proclamation of local emergency and continued the existence of same; and

WHEREAS, on March 20, 2020, the Mayor of the City of Moss Point issued further restrictions under the Emergency Order entered on March 17, 2020, with same being approved and adopted by the Board of Aldermen; and

WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, Governor Tate Reeves issued Executive Order 1463 in response to COVID-19 emergency, and in said Order stated that any "order, rule, regulation or action by any governing body, agency or political subdivision of the state that imposes any additional freedom of movement or social distancing limitations on Essential Business or Operation, restricts the scope of services or hours of operation of any Essential Business or Operation, or which will or might in any way conflict with or impede the purpose of this Executive Order is suspended and unenforceable during the COVID-19 State of Emergency"; and

WHEREAS, the City of Moss Point’s Emergency Order entered on March 20, 2020, did impose additional freedom of movement and social distancing, as well as further restricted scope of services and hours of operation on businesses that the State deemed "essential" but the City of Moss Point did not, and therefore despite the City’s desire and efforts to protect its citizens with more restrictive measures, the Mayor announced that the City’s Order was no longer enforceable and advised the citizens to follow the Governor’s Order to avoid litigations; and

WHEREAS, on March 26, 2020, after numerous requests for clarification from local governing authorities, the Governor’s office, and local legal sources, Governor Tate Reeves issued a Supplement to Executive Order No. 1463 which clarified his previous Order and stated "no governing body, agency, or political subdivision of the State shall adopt any measures that are less restrictive than the provisions Executive Order No. 1463 and the orders, rules, regulations, resolutions, and actions taken by political subdivisions of the State prior to issuance of Executive Order No. 1463 on March 23, 2020, as well as subsequent thereto, may continue to be in effect and shall not be suspended or unenforceable, so long as the same provide the minimum applicable restrictions set out in Executive Order No. 1463 and do not impose restrictions that prevent any Essential Business or Operation as identified in Executive Order No. 1463 from operating at such level necessary to provide essential services and functions during COVID-19 State of Emergency"; and

WHEREAS, on April 1, 2020, in order to minimize the risk of possible further transmission of COVID-19 and related measures, Governor Tate Reeves issued Executive Order No. 1466 instituting a statewide Shelter in Place effective at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020, and remaining in full force and effect until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on April 17, 2020, Governor Tate Reeves issued Executive Order 1473 extending the statewide Shelter in Place, with certain additional exceptions, until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 27, 2020; and

WHEREAS, Governor Tate Reeves stated that Mississippi must protect lives while restoring livelihoods, both of which can be achieved with the expert advice of medical professionals and business leaders; and

 WHEREAS, on April 24, 2020, Governor Tate Reeves issued Executive Order 1477 establishing the statewide Safer at Home order allowing certain businesses to open and operate under certain conditions, until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on May 4, 2020, Governor Tate Reeves issued Executive Order 1478 amending Executive Order 1477 allowing certain additional business and parks to open and operate under certain conditions, until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on May 8, 2020, Governor Tate Reeves issued Executive Order 1480 further amending Executive Order 1477, which was amended by EO 1478, which allowed additional businesses including salons, barbershops, and other personal care and personal grooming facilities (collectively “salons”) and fitness and exercise gyms to open subject to restrictions;

WHEREAS, as Mayor, "I still have many concerns about the novel coronavirus that has so far spread from China to 26 countries around the world"; and

WHEREAS, as Mayor, "I have only recommended and imposed restrictions to prevent and stop the spread of COVID19 based on the scientist, medical professionals, and national healthcare organizations advice and recommendations; and

WHEREAS, and according to Mahase, 2020 despite the lower case fatality rate, COVID-19 has so far resulted in more deaths (1871) than SARS and MERS combined (1632) with some of those deaths being in the State of Mississippi, Jackson County, and the City of Moss Point; and

WHEREAS, as Mayor, it is vital that we continue to educate ourselves and the people we serve with "FACTS" about the novel COVID-19, and

WHEREAS, and according to (Wu et al., 2020) conducted a study related to air pollution and the results stated "we found that an increase of only 1 𝜇g/m3 in PM2.5 is associated with an 8% increase in the COVID-19 death rate (95% confidence interval [CI]: 2%, 15%). The results were statistically significant and robust to secondary and sensitivity analyses. Conclusions: A small increase in long-term exposure to PM2.5 leads to a large increase in the COVID-19 death rate. Despite the inherent limitations of the ecological study design, our results underscore the importance of continuing to enforce existing air pollution regulations to protect human health both during and after the COVID-19 crisis. The data and code are publicly available so our analyses can be updated routinely; and

WHEREAS, and according to (Ichino et al., 2020) "The world economy cannot survive the current social distancing for more than a few weeks (Monras 2020). In this column, we sketch a viable strategy to address the joint health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. We focus on the transition phase that begins when the health care system exits critical congestion, and yet a substantial fraction of the population is not immune, with the risk of a new wave of infections. We do not consider other policy tools that are complementary to this one (e.g. macro policies to sustain demand);" and

WHEREAS, as Mayor, I take into account the research and facts of COVID-19 and the economic impact to the businesses affected and will continue to work toward a comprehensive strategy to implement a safe way to maintain business continuity and work toward preventing or being a part of the reason for a dramatic recession; and

WHEREAS, as Mayor, I ask the state and national leaders to work with us to gain control and create a unified effort and transition back to work strategy because municipalities are too small and measures can be overturned, and businesses can be severely impacted when efforts in the county or region are not unified; and

WHEREAS, everyone who goes back to work (or a large random sample, depending on resources) should be frequently tested for COVID-19.  If they become infected, after recovery, they must receive serological tests to establish if they are immune from SARS-CoV-2. This is crucial because extensive testing of people going back to work would help answer the many as yet unanswered questions about SARS-CoV-2 (Is immunity acquired after a first contagion? Does infection have long-term consequences?) (Ichino et al., 2020).  These unanswered questions are also the fact of hesitation for reopening business at the capacity that the Governor gives as a baseline; and

WHEREAS, as Mayor, I am choosing to exercise our municipality’s reasoning for implementing more restrictive measures due to the novel nature of the virus, the safety of the residents, prevention of COVID-19, concerns, and research-based findings; and  

 WHEREAS, as Mayor, I appreciate you for following this law that is put in place to protect all of us.  My goal is not to pursue charges, jail anyone, or strip you of your freedoms.  Nevertheless, it is my job to lead and provide you with a safe environment (this is the best way).  What is in our shared environment has caused me to act in your best interest by providing you with more measures to protect your safety, welfare, and wellbeing.  I need you to please be cognizant of those around you to ensure you are always practicing social distancing. 

  • I need you to check the City of Moss Point (sign up for email and text alerts), Singing River Health System, CDC, MSDH, World Health Organization, websites daily so that you can be aware of all current happenings. 
  • I need you to share this with those who do not have access to technology.
  • I need you to explain this to those that are not social distancing and not taking this seriously.
  • I need you not to have church services in the buildings where more than ten people are congregating, but virtually.
  • I need you to stay in your home unless it is necessary to go out to conduct essential business. 
  • I need you to understand that I choose saving lives over the economy any day.
  • I need you to call the City if you have any questions @228-475-0300. 
  • I need you to leave a message if we do not answer and we will get back with you in a timely manner.
  • I need you to understand that I value you as a citizen, as does the Board of Aldermen, and our goal is to save lives by STOPPING THE SPREAD of COVID-19.
  • I need you to join our campaign to STOP THE SPREAD by staying at home and adopting an action to STOP THE SPREAD!

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDERED AS FOLLOWS: 

  •  The City of Moss Point, Mississippi hereby adopts and implements the following temporary regulations, which shall become effective at the close of business on May 12, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.
  • THE MARCH 28, 2020 AMENDED EMERGENCY MAYORAL PROCLAMATION OF EXECUTIVE ORDER  is extended and shall remain in full force and effect EXCEPT FOR THE AMENDMENTS STATED BELOW:
  • Is amended to allow salons, barbershops and other personal care and personal grooming facilities (collectively, “salons”) to open subject to the following limitations:
  • Prior to resuming operations, the entire salon, including areas not open to the public shall be deep cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized.   
  • Pursuant Paragraph I(h)(ii) of Executive Order 1477, salons shall take all reasonable measures to ensure compliance with the Mississippi State Department of Health’s and CDC’s regulations, orders and guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including, but not limited to: social distancing; sending sick employees home; actively encouraging sick employees to stay home; separating and sending home employees who appear to have respiratory illness symptoms; adopting and enforcing regular and proper hand-washing and personal hygiene protocols; and daily screening of employees for COVID-19 related symptoms before beginning their shift.
  • Salons shall conduct a daily screening of all employees at the beginning of their shift.  Such daily screening shall include the following questions, and any employee answering any question in the affirmative shall be sent home:
  • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
  • Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
  • Have you had a new loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
  • All employees shall be required to report any symptoms of COVID-19 to their supervisor, and any employee that exhibits any of the symptoms of COVID-19 during their shift shall be sent home immediately and advised to consult with their physician.
  • All employees shall be provided training regarding minimizing the spread of COVID-19, including reinforcement of proper sanitation, hand washing, cough and sneeze etiquette, and proper use of PPE.
  • Break rooms shall be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and the number of employees in the break room shall be limited to allow for strict social distancing (a minimum of six feet between employees and no gathering of more than ten employees). 
  • Every employee shall be provided a face covering, covering nose and mouth, and shall be required to wear that face-covering while on duty, such face coverings shall be cleaned or replaced at least daily.
  • Every employee shall wear disposable gloves when serving a customer and change gloves between customers.
  • Customers shall wear a face covering, covering nose and mouth, while inside the salon at all times except when receiving a service that otherwise could not be provided while wearing a face covering.
  • Each customer shall be draped with a clean cape.  Capes shall be laundered after each use.  The use of disposable capes is encouraged.
  • A protective neck strip shall be placed around the neck of each hair-cut customer.
  • The use of neck brushes is prohibited.   
  • All linens, including all towels, capes, and neck strips shall be stored in an airtight container.  
  • All linen hampers and trash containers shall be cleaned and disinfected daily, and all such containers must have a lid. 
  • Employees shall wash their hands with soapy, warm water for a minimum of twenty seconds between every customer.        
  • Services shall be provided on an appointment or walk-in basis.  All customers shall wait outside until they are called for screening prior to entry into the salon.  
  • The use of technology solutions to minimize person-to-person contact is encouraged, including mobile appointment systems, text upon arrival, and contactless payment options. 
  • Signage shall be posted at each entrance stating no customer with a fever or another symptom of COVID-19 is permitted in the salon.
  • Customers shall be screened for illness prior to their entry into the salon.  Such screening shall include the following questions, and any customer answering any question in the affirmative shall not be permitted to enter the salon:
  • Have you traveled outside of the United States in the past 14 days?
  • Have you experienced any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, body aches, or loss of sense of taste or smell) in the past 14 days?
  • All waiting areas shall be closed, items such as magazines, popcorn poppers, and coffee pots/machines shall be removed, and customers shall not be permitted to congregate outside of the solon prior to their appointment.  Customers shall wait in their vehicles until their appointment time.
  • Chairs shall be re-arranged to ensure at least six feet of separation between customers.
  • The number of customers in the salon shall be limited to one customer per employee.
  • Chairs (including armrests and headrests), stations, and all other surfaces that are contacted by customers during the course of providing services shall be sanitized after each use by customers.  All other high-touch areas, including all door handles, shall be sanitized, at a minimum, once every two hours.
  • Disinfectant for immersion of tools shall be changed daily.    
  • Hand sanitizer shall be placed at all points of entry and exit, and customers shall be required to sanitize their hands upon entry into and exit from the salon.
  • The salon shall be deep cleaned daily.  All bowls, hoses, spray nozzles, foist handles, shampoo chairs and armrests shall be disinfected daily.
  • There shall be absolutely no congregating outside or inside the businesses.
  • Owners are mandated to report any noncompliant customers to the Moss Point Police Department by calling the nonemergency number 228-475-1711.
  • All work stations shall be cleaned after every client and shall be 8 feet apart.

From and after 8:00 a.m. on May 12, 2020, is amended to allow restaurants and bars to resume in-house (indoor or outdoor) dining as follows:

RESTAURANTS WITH DINING/SEATING CAPACITY OF 2,500 SQUARE FEET OR GREATER MAY OFFER INDOOR DINING AT 50% NORMAL CAPACITY.

RESTAURANTS WITH DINING/SEATING CAPACITY OF 2,500 SQUARE FEET OR LESS MAY OFFER INDOOR DINING AT 25% NORMAL CAPACITY.

ALL RESTAURANTS REGARDLESS OF SIZE MAY OFFER OUTDOOR DINING, HOWEVER, SUCH DINING MUST BE ADJACENT TO THE PRIVATELY OWNED/LEASED BUILDING, MUST BE 50 FEET AWAY FROM A PUBLIC STREET OR DRIVEWAY AND 20 FEET FROM PARKING.

ALL RESTAURANTS REGARDLESS OF SIZE AND SEATING ALLOWANCE MUST MEET THE FOLLOW REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO OFFERING INDOOR DINING: 

1. Prior to resuming in-house dining, the entire restaurant and bar, including areas not open to the public, shall be deep cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized.

11. Restaurants and bars shall set hours of operations to close to the public no later than 10:00 p.m.

111. Pursuant to Paragraph I(h)(ii) of Executive Order 1477, restaurants shall take all reasonable steps to ensure compliance with the Mississippi State Department of Health’s and CDC’s regulations, orders and guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including, but not limited to: social distancing; sending sick employees home; actively encouraging sick employees to stay home; separating and sending home employees who appear to have respiratory illness symptoms; adopting and enforcing regular and proper hand-washing and personal hygiene protocols; and daily screening of employees for COVID-19 related symptoms before beginning their shifts.

Restaurants and bars shall conduct a daily screening of all employees at the beginning of their shifts. Such daily screening shall include the following questions, and any employee answering any question in the affirmative shall be sent home:

  • All employees shall be required to report any symptoms of COVID-19 to their supervisor, and any employee who exhibits any of the symptoms of COVID-19 during their shift shall be sent home immediately and advised to consult with their physician.


    Appropriate PPE shall be worn by all employees based on their duties and responsibilities and in adherence to state and local regulations and guidelines. Every employee who comes into direct contact with customers shall be provided a cloth mask and required to wear that mask while on duty.

    All employees shall be provided training regarding minimizing the spread of COVID-19, including the importance of frequent hand washing and personal hygiene, proper sanitation, cough and sneeze etiquette, use of PPE, and safe food­ handling procedures.

    Where possible, workstations should be staggered so employees can avoid standing next to each other. Where separation of workstations is not possible, the frequency of surface cleaning and sanitizing should be increased.

    Break rooms shall be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and the number of employees in the break room shall be limited to allow for strict social distancing (a minimum of six feet between employees and no gathering of more than ten employees).

    The number of customers in the restaurant or bar shall be no greater than 25% of seating capacity.

    An organization may create additional seating outside to obtain a total of 50% capacity.

    Floor plans shall be updated to ensure at least six feet of separation between each party/group whether dining indoors or outdoor. Party sizes shall be limited to a maximum of six customers per table.

    Bars or bar areas that do not offer food services shall remain closed, and live music shall not be permitted.

    The use of technology solutions to minimize person-to-person contact is encouraged, including mobile reservations systems, text upon arrival, mobile ordering, and contactless payment options.

    Signage shall be posted at each entrance stating no customer with a fever or another symptom of COVID-19 is permitted in the restaurant or bar.

    Customers shall be screened for illness upon their entry into the restaurant or bar.

    Customers shall not be allowed to congregate in the waiting area or bar area. The restaurant shall adopt a process to ensure that a minimum of six feet separation is maintained between customers while waiting to be seated or in the bar area

    All front-of-house high contact surfaces shall be sanitized, at a minimum, every two hours.

    The use of disposable menus is encouraged. All non-disposable menus shall be sanitized between each use.

    Tables, chairs, and tabletop items shall be sanitized after each table turns.

    Buffet Service:

    Self-service buffets, food stations, and drink stations are prohibited.

    Cafeteria-style (worker served) buffets and food stations are permitted with appropriate barriers in place.

    Hand sanitizer shall be placed at all points of entry and exit, the hostess station, in or near the bathrooms, and at the cashier station.

    All food service areas shall be deep cleaned daily.

    Is amended to allow parks to open subject to the following limitations:

    There shall be no more than three or less individuals per park station (i.e. zip line, exercise equipment, etc.), no parties, no cooking at park, interact with those you came with, no groups exceeding five members, and all other rules still apply as stated in the Governors Executive Order with these additional restrictions. 

    • Gyms and fitness centers remain closed pursuant to March 28, 2020 Mayor’s Executive Order.
    • All employees working directly with the public at retail establishments shall wear proper masks and wash hands hourly, at a minimum.  Dressing rooms shall be closed to the public, and all returns of clothing merchandise shall be prohibited at this time.
  • IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Moss Point, Mississippi to be affixed.

    DONE in the City of Moss Point, on the11thday of May, in the year of our Lord, two thousand and twenty.                                                                                

  • MAYOR MARIO KING
    CITY OF MOSS POINT, MISSISSIPPI

    TRICIA L. THIGPEN
    CITY CLERK
    CITY OF MOSS POINT, MISSISSIPPI
     

     

                   



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  • Fire Department:
  • Lobby Open 5/18/2020  (must-have mask to enter) you can now purchase burn permits again
  • Business Inspection will resume 5/18/2020
  • Please contact the Fire Departement for questions (228) 475-8848
  • Police Department
  • Will continue to pass out literature throughout COVID-19
  • All other fingerprinting services will begin 5/18/2020
  • All other services will continue
  • Courts
  • Courts will resume June 5, 2020
  • Please contact the City of Moss Point Courts Department for scheduled, missed, or future court dates for questions. (228) 475-1711
  • Utilities
  • Utilities Lobby will open on June 1, 2020 (must wear a mask to enter the building)
  • Public Works Yard will reopen on June 1, 2020
  • Drive-Thru Window currently open
  • Economic Development
  • Working Remotely
  • Pelican Landing Closed (Refunds will be sent in the mail for scheduled dates)  
  • All Rental Closed
  • City Clerks Office
  • Public Record Request (online only)
  • Ordering PPE for voting (August 4th Franchise Election)
  • Contact Board Members (contact information posted on cityofmosspoint.org/boardofaldermen)
  • Human Resources
  • Job Posting (online services)
  • Finance Department
  • No Interruption due to COVID19
  • Inspection
  • Inspections will begin on June 1, 2020 (In order for inspections to be conducted in person inspectee must wear a mask during the time of inspection and remain 6 feet apart during inspection)
  • Inspections Office will open on June 1, 2020
  • Mayor’s Office
  • No Interruption due to COVID19

The Mayor’s Executive Order is still in place, and the guidelines are to be followed as stated.  Also, the Governors Executive Order is still in place and to be followed, as stated.  We are still adhering to the CDC guidelines and requirements.  Please seee the below information. 

How to Protect Yourself & Others

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Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness. More information on Are you at higher risk for serious illness.

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Know how it spreads

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone Should

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Wash your hands often

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

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Avoid close contact

Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.

Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home.

Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.

Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.

Do not gather in groups.

Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.

Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

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Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.

Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.

Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

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Cover coughs and sneezes

If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

Throw used tissues in the trash.

Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

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Clean and disinfect

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectantsexternal icon will work.