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Vicksburg COVID-19 Proclamation Sept. 8 to Oct. 5 – full text

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PROCLAMATION REGARDING THE RE-OPENING OF VICKSBURG WHILE MINIMIZING THE RISK OF INFECTION AND TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, EFFECTIVE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2020, AT 8:00 A.M THROUGH 8:00 A.M. ON OCTOBER 5, 2020

WHEREAS, pursuant to §§45-17-1 through 45-17-13, and §33-15-17 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, the Mayor is authorized to proclaim that a Civil Emergency exists defined as any natural disaster or man-made calamity resulting in the death or injury of persons to such an extent that extraordinary measures must be taken to protect the public health, safety and welfare; and

WHEREAS, §21-19-3 gives municipalities the authority to make regulations to prevent the spreading of contagious or infectious diseases and to make quarantine laws for that purpose; and

WHEREAS, §33-15-17 authorizes the Mayor to control or restrict egress, ingress and movement within the local emergency area necessary to facilitate the protection of life and property; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to these laws, the Mayor is authorized to issue such orders as he deems necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Vicksburg, Mississippi; and

WHEREAS, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that has spread across this nation is a worldwide pandemic and as of September 3, 2020, the Mississippi Department of Health has reported 85,116 positive confirmed cases and 2,536 deaths in Mississippi, 46 of which were in Warren County; and

WHEREAS, previous emergency orders have required that persons stay at home and that certain businesses be closed in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Mississippi has adopted a Safe Return Order in an effort to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while allowing the businesses to open and persons to return to work; and

WHEREAS, it is likewise necessary for Vicksburg businesses to safely open and Vicksburg citizens to safely return to work.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF VICKSBURG pursuant to §§45-17-1 through 45-17-13, §21-19-3 and §33-15-17 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, the following regulations apply:

  1. The Safe Return instituted in Proclamation effective June 1, 2020 and amended effective June 15, 2020, extended effective, July 6, 2020, and extended effective July 13, 2020, and amended effective July 18, 2020, and amended effective July 27, 2020, and continuing through September 8, 2020, and is extended and shall remain in full force and effect until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 5, 2020 and is amended as modified herein.

The following regulations shall continue and be in effect on September 8, 2020, beginning at 8:00 A.M:

  1. FACE COVERINGS:
    1. For Retail businesses, including grocery stores, building supply stores, convenience stores, cigar shops, liquor stores or any other store that sells items to the public, the business owner or manager shall adopt and enforce the following measures:
      1. Employees shall wear a face covering, covering the mouth and nose, and shall be required to wear a face covering while on duty, and such face covering shall be cleaned or replaced at least daily.
      2. Customers shall wear a face covering, covering nose and mouth, while inside the retail business.
      3. Hand sanitizer shall be made available to all employees and shall be made available to customers at points of entry and exit, in or near the bathrooms, and at the cashier or payment stations.
      4. Retail businesses shall make all reasonable efforts to maintain 6 feet separation between customers (or parties of customers) at all times, including 6 feet separation while waiting in cashier or payment lines.
      5. Carts and baskets and all other surfaces that are contacted by customers during the course of providing services shall be sanitized after each customer’s use. All other high-touch areas, including all door handles, shall be sanitized every two hours at a minimum.
      6. Retail Businesses shall post a sign notifying customers that a face covering is required prior to entering the business and shall monitor and enforce the face covering requirement. Business owners and managers are entitled to rely upon the representations of their customers, patrons and employees regarding whether or not they qualify for an exception from the face covering requirement.
    2. FOR ALL OTHER BUSINESSES OR ORGANIZATIONS, EXCEPT MANUFACTURING BUSINESSES, the owner or manager of the business shall require all persons who enter the premises to wear a face covering. Businesses shall post a sign notifying persons who enter that they are required to wear a face covering and shall monitor and enforce the face covering requirement. Business owners and managers are entitled to rely upon the representations of their customers, patrons and employees regarding whether or not they qualify for an exception from the face covering requirement.
    3. EXCEPTIONS TO THE FACE COVERING REQUIREMENTS: Face coverings do not apply to the following:
      1. Any individual who will not come in contact with any other individual (outside of their immediate household members) or who will be able to maintain strict social distancing of six (6) feet apart from any other individual (outside of immediate household);
    4. Any child under the age of eight; however, all children between the ages of two (2) and Seven (7) years old are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering.
    5. Any individual with a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face covering;
    6. Any individual who is consuming food or drinks;
    7. Any individual seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired;
    8. Any individual giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience; and
    9. Any individual temporarily removing his or her face covering for identification purposes.
  2. SPECIFIC BUSINESS REGULATIONS:
    1. Retail businesses, including grocery stores, building supply stores, convenience stores,   cigar shops, liquor stores or any other store that sells items to the public shall adopt reasonable, good-faith measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including but not limited to, limiting the number of customers in their stores at one time to no greater than 50% of store capacity in order to ensure compliance with social distancing protocols, and frequent cleaning of high-contact surfaces (such as retail counters, door handles, credit card machines). All of these businesses are encouraged to make hand sanitizer available to their customers upon entry of their stores.

To the extent possible, all common areas where employees or customers are likely to congregate and interact shall be closed or strict social distancing protocols should be enforced (maintaining a minimum of 6 feet distance between individuals and no gatherings in groups of more than 20 people).  (No change from previous regulations)

    1. Restaurants and bars shall continue to offer in-house (indoor or outdoor) dining pursuant to the limitations in the Proclamation effective May 5, 2020, which includes a maximum of 50% capacity and updating floor plans to ensure at least six feet of separation between each party/group and limiting party sizes to a maximum of six customers per table.  Restaurants that do not serve alcohol may offer in-house dining to the public twenty-four (24) hours a day. Restaurants and bars are allowed to have live music. There shall be a minimum of 12 feet of separation between the musicians and restaurant/bar customers. It shall be the responsibility of the restaurant and/or bar to maintain social distancing between customers while live music is being performed. (No change from previous regulations)
    2. Any business that sells alcohol for on-premises consumption or allows alcohol to be consumed on the premises, other than those under the jurisdiction of the MS Gaming Commission, shall not sell alcohol or allow consumption on the premises between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. This includes restaurants, bars, BYOB, or other entertainment venues that sell or allow consumption of alcohol on the premises.   The sale of alcohol in bars shall only be allowed to seated patrons.  The businesses that sell alcohol or allow consumption of alcohol on the premises must close by midnight. (No change from previous regulations)
    3. Salons, barber shops, spas, massage parlors, and other personal care and personal grooming facilities and pet groomers shall continue to operate pursuant to the limitations in the Proclamation effective May 11, 2020, with the exception that they are not limited to the hours of operation from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. but may go back to regular hours of operation prior to May 12, 2020.
    4. Tattoo parlors (including body piercing) shall continue to operate pursuant to the limitations in the Proclamation effective May 15, 2020. (No change from previous regulations)
    5. Fitness centers and exercise gyms shall continue to operate pursuant to the limitations in the Proclamation effective May 11, 2020, and amended effective June 15, 2020, with 50% maximum capacity and a closing time of 10:00 p.m. (No change from previous regulations)
    6. Dance studios shall continue to operate pursuant to the limitations in the Proclamation effective May 15, 2020. (No change from previous regulations)
    7. Libraries and museums shall continue to operate pursuant to the limitations in the Proclamation effective June 1, 2020.  (No change from previous regulations)
    8. Movie theaters and auditoriums shall continue to operate pursuant to the limitations in the Proclamation effective June 1, 2020.  (No change from previous regulations)
    9. Outdoor Recreational Activities shall continue to operate pursuant to the limitations in the Proclamation effective June 1, 2020. (No change from previous regulations)
    10. Outdoor sports complexes and multi-field facilities shall continue to operate subject to the limitations in the Proclamation effective May 7, 2020, and June 1, 2020, and amended to allow concession stands effective July 18, 2020. (No change from previous regulations)
    11. Outdoor places of amusement and recreation, including amusement parks and rides, waterparks, go-cart tracks, mini golf and playgrounds may continue to be open to the public subject to the limitations in the Proclamation effective May 25, 2020. (No change from previous regulations)
    12. Indoor Recreational and Places of Amusement, including children’s party and play facilities, playgrounds, trampoline facilities, bowling alleys, roller skating rinks, arcades, and social clubs (collectively “indoor places of amusement”) may continue to be open subject to the limitations in the Proclamation effective June 1, 2020. (No change from previous regulations)
    13. Reception halls and conference centers: Reception halls and conference centers may continue to be open subject to the limitations in the Proclamation effective June 1, 2020, and amended by Proclamation effective June 15, 2020, limiting the number of guests to 25% of maximum seating capacity with strict social distancing, and for seated dinners only, no greater than 50% capacity with 6 feet between tables and a maximum of 6 at each table. (No change from previous regulations)
  1. IN GENERAL:                      
    1. GROUP GATHERINGS (INDOOR): Unless specifically mentioned in another section, social gathering/activities shall be limited to a maximum of 10 participants indoor. All individuals shall maintain social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet distance between individuals not in the same household. This limitation shall not apply to religious entities, students in classrooms or gatherings in facilities governed by other capacity limitations.
    2. GROUP GATHERINGS (OUTDOOR): Unless specifically mentioned in another section, social gathering/activities shall be limited to a maximum of 20 participants outdoor. All individuals shall maintain social distancing a minimum of 6 feet distance between individuals not in the same household. This limitation shall not apply to religious activities or gatherings governed by other capacity limitations.
    3. RELIGIOUS SERVICES: Places of worship are encouraged to follow the Safe Worship Guidelines adopted on May 20, 2020.  All persons present are encouraged to wear masks. It is additionally recommended that a list of all attendees be kept. At all times, social distancing and sanitizing or washing hands should be practiced. Curbside church or communion services where attendees remain in their vehicles are encouraged along with live-stream, online broadcast or other social media platforms for viewing services.
    4. FUNERALS: Funerals are encouraged to be grave side services.  Funeral services may be held at a Church or funeral home at 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m., as long as there is room for social distancing, or held at the City Auditorium at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.  All persons must wear a face covering at all funerals.  Upon proof of death due to COVID-19, the cost for the City Auditorium for the funeral shall be one -half (1/2) of the regular auditorium fee.
    5. SPECIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE: The Special Task Force created on July 15, 202,0 shall remain in place.  There shall be a minimum of eleven (11) patrol officers on duty along with a watch commander and deputy chief each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through October 5, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
    6. CITY PAVILION: The City Pavilion shall remain closed and not be available for rental during this time.
  2. BUSINESS SCREENING and CLEANING:
    1. Daily screening of employees shall include the following questions, and any employee answering any question in the affirmative shall be sent home:
      1. Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
      2. Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
      3. Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
      4. Have you had new loss of taste or smell?
      5. Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
    2. 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.
    3. 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 using PPE.
    4. 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).
    5. Appropriate PPE shall be worn by all employees based on their duties and responsibilities. Every employee who comes into direct contact with customers shall be provided a face covering, covering the nose and mouth, and shall be required to wear the face covering while on duty. Such face coverings shall be cleaned or changed at least daily.
    6. Signage shall be posted at each entrance stating no customer with a fever or other symptom of COVID-19 is permitted in the business.
    7. All high-touch areas, including all door handles shall be sanitized frequently and hand sanitizer available at points of entry and exit.

Individual violations of the face covering regulations 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 and will be as follows:

  1. 1st offense – warning
  2. 2nd offense – $100.00 fine
  3. 3rd offense and up – $300.00 fine per each separate violation

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.

THIS PROCLAMATION SHALL BE IN EFFECT BEGINNING AT 8:00 A.M. ON TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8, 2020, AND SHALL CONTINUE UNTIL 8:00 A.M. ON OCTOBER 5, 2020, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED HEREIN OR EXTENDED, MODIFIED OR REPEALED BY A SUBSEQUENT PROCLAMATION.

SO RESOLVED this the 4th day of September 2020.

 

_____________________________

GEORGE FLAGGS, JR., MAYOR

ATTEST:                                                         CITY OF VICKSBURG, MS

 

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CITY CLERK

 

 

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