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Retailers re-opening their doors to customers under safer-at-home order

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(Photo source: Vicksburg Main Street)

As of this morning, many retailers across Mississippi that have been shut down for weeks due to the COVID-19 crisis can re-open their doors to customers.

Gov. Tate Reeves announced Friday that he was replacing the statewide shelter-in-place order with a slightly looser safer-at-home order.

“This is not a return to normal,” the governor said. “I know one day we will [return to normal], today is not that day.”

The new order allows most retail stores to re-open to walk-in shopping, but with a few restrictions. Stores must limit the numbers of people at any given time to 50% capacity to promote adequate social distancing, frequently clean high-contact surfaces such as counters, door handles and credit card machines, and are urged to make hand sanitizers available to all shoppers as they enter. Reeves also encouraged stores and shoppers to wear masks.

The order also allows health-care facilities and dentists to resume offering elective procedures and surgeries as approved by the Mississippi State Department of Health but continues to restrict visitors to hospitals.

Many things remain as they were under the shelter-in-place order. For example:

  • Gatherings of more than 10 people continue to be banned.
  • Restaurants and bars will remain open, but are limited to curbside, drive-thru and delivery service.
  • Businesses that cannot avoid close contact, including barbershops, hair and nail salons, gyms and spas will remain closed.

The safer-at-home order continues to ask people to stay home if possible, especially those over 65 or with underlying health conditions, and asks Mississippians to limit travel to essential activities. It also continues to ask businesses to allow their employees to work from home if possible.

Read the safer-at-home order here.

Read the Vicksburg proclamation.

The safer-at-home order went into effect at 8 a.m., Monday, April 27, and ends Monday, May 11, at 8 a.m.

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City employees to ring the bell in support of the Salvation Army

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(photo source: Salvation Army)

”The need is great, but the strength of the community is greater!”

City of Vicksburg employees will be doing their part in assisting the local Salvation Army in operation “Rescue Christmas.” Employees will ring the bell at Kroger from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7.

There are several ways to give at the kettle. Cash is accepted via Apple and Google pay, or you can scan a code that will direct patrons to the Vicksburg kettle donation site. More importantly, all proceeds stay right here in Vicksburg!

Please stop by and help the employees of the City of Vicksburg “Rescue Christmas”!

Schedule – Kroger Monday, Dec. 7

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Gary Jackson and Rick Daughtry

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
COV Traffic Dept

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Kim Hopkins and Ashley Hoeft

11 a.m. – noon
Malinda Hill and Fayeshetta Odoms

Noon – 1 p.m.
Fermika Smith and Deputy Chief Paymon

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Trey Martin  and Alex Monsour

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Vicksburg Fire Department

3 p.m.-4 p.m.
Mayor George Flaggs Jr. and Officer Joseph Stubbs

4 p.m. –  5 p.m.
Nancy Thomas and Doug Whittington

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Mayor taking the gloves off on businesses not complying with COVID-19 regulations

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Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. in Dec. 4 press conference. (photo via video screen grab)

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. is taking off the gloves when it comes to COVID-19 in Vicksburg.

In response to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Warren County, Flaggs announced Friday that any business not conforming to the city’s COVID-19 restrictions will be cited and fined. If the business continues to flout the law, the city will turn off its utilities. This new, tougher restriction goes into effect at noon Saturday, Dec. 6.

The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases rose to more than 20 per day Friday with 46 cases reported. The average is four times higher than where it was a month ago.

“The mitigation of this disease is too important,” Flaggs said, his voice rising with emotion. He said that continuing the trend will land Warren County on the governor’s hot spot list.

“We will not compromise, and we will not negotiate,” the Mayor added.

Flaggs said that most businesses in Vicksburg are complying to the city’s orders, but a few continue to ignore them.

“We’re not going to let one business disrupt the economy of Vicksburg by not wanting to do what you should be doing,” he said.

Summary of the new order:
Read the complete supplemental order

In addition to the regulations effective Dec. 2, 2020:

  1. All persons are required to wear a face covering, both indoors and outdoors, at group/social gatherings if social distancing (6 feet apart from persons who are not household members) is not or cannot be practiced.
  2. Group/social gathering temperature checks – before entering a group/social gathering, inside or outside, of more than 20 people, the host or other designated responsible person must check the temperature of all persons requesting entrance. If a person’s temperature is higher than 100.4°, the person must not be allowed to enter the group/social gathering. Examples of a group/social gathering are a private party, house party, wedding, wedding reception, wedding or baby shower, sporting event, funeral, worship service or other social event. The host or other designated responsible person must also keep a list of persons attending the gathering and contact information for contact tracing if needed.
  3. Restaurants and bars – businesses that sell alcohol for consumption on its premises or businesses that allow consumption of alcohol on its premises must check the temperature of every employee and patron before entrance. If a person’s temperature is above 100.4°, the person must not be allowed to enter the premises.
  4. The Block Party scheduled for Downtown Vicksburg Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, is canceled and all future Block Parties are canceled until further notice.

Violation of this EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION will be subject to misdemeanor prosecution pursuant to Sec. 45-17-9 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, Sec. 33-15-7 and Sec. 1-9 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Vicksburg, including a fine of up to $1,000.00 and 90 days in jail.

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Junior Auxiliary announces ‘Santa Stories’ fundraiser

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(photo courtesy Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary)

When it became clear that COVID-19 would make their fall Pirates and Princesses Tea Party impossible, the Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg came up with a new fundraiser and called on an old friend to help them out—Santa Claus.

The new fundraiser, called “Santa Stories,” allows parents to purchase a special package from the North Pole for their children. The package will feature a bedtime story on video, as well as a personalized, handwritten letter from Santa.

“This has been a tough year for so many of us, but that doesn’t stop the magic of Christmas,” said Candice Reeder, chair of the Santa Stories fundraiser. “We wanted to help spread that, while also raising money for the projects we support.”

There are two packages available for purchase. The first includes one video and one letter, which can be addressed to one or multiple children, for $25, with the option for additional letters at $15 apiece. The second package includes two videos and one letter for $35, with additional letters for $10 apiece.

To purchase a package or learn more, visit www.javicksburg.org/santa_stories.html.

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