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Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. removes the mask mandates, and sets a new Civil Emergency Order



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Mayor George Flaggs Jr. (Photo from Office of Mayor George Flaggs Jr.)

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. held a press conference Friday regarding the Civil Emergency Order.

Flaggs states a new Civil Emergency Order will begin Friday, May 15 and run until June 7 2021.

The new order directs businesses and organizations to specify their requirements. The new order sets in place:

  • Face coverings for employees and customers
  • Provision for hand sanitizer
  • Reasonable efforts to encourage social distancing
  • Sanitizing high-contact surfaces and carts
  • Posting a notice of face covering requirements
  • Screening of employees and volunteers

The order also asks members of the public to wear a face covering if not vaccinated or cannot maintain a social distance, however Flaggs made the point that there will no longer be a mask mandate or mandatory mask covering, “Unless the numbers go up I have no intention to mandate a mask any further.”

The juvenile curfew will remain in effect from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m.  This order remains in effect due to crime statistics. Flaggs stated that this will be re-evaluated at a later time and will be dependent on crime statistics.

The Vicksburg Police Department will also increase patrols from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., having Deputy Police Chiefs supervising the shifts from Thursday through Sunday and will increase the number of officers on those shifts.

The new order is effective immediately. The press conference can be watched below:


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