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City of Vicksburg COVID-19 proclamation June 15 to June 29 – 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 MONDAY JUNE 15, 2020 AT 8:00 A.M UNTIL JUNE 29, 2020, AT 8:00 A.M.

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 June 12, 2020, the Mississippi Department of Health has reported 19,091 positive confirmed cases and 881 deaths in Mississippi, 12 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 is extended and shall remain in full force and effect until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020, except as follows:
    1. The Proclamation effective June 1, 2020 is hereby amended to remove the limitation that restaurants that serve alcohol and bars shall close to the public no later than 10:00 p.m. Such restaurants and bars shall continue to be subject to the additional limitations in Paragraph 2 and its subparts of the Proclamation effective May 5, 2020, including limiting the number of customers to 50% of maximum capacity.
    2. The Proclamation effective May 12, 2020, is amended to allow fitness centers and gyms to increase the number of customers in the gym to no greater than 50% of the gym’s maximum occupancy. Gyms shall continue to be subject to the additional limitations in the Proclamation effective May 5, 2020.
    3. The Proclamation effective June 1, 2020, section I. j. is amended and superseded as follows:
      1. Reception Halls and Conference Centers: Reception halls and conference centers shall be permitted to remain open subject to the following limitations:
        1. Except as otherwise provided herein, the number of guests in the reception hall or conference center shall be no greater than 25% of the maximum seating capacity, with strict social distancing.
        2. For seated dinners only, reception halls and conference centers shall limit the number of guests to no greater than 50% of maximum seating capacity. Tables shall be arranged to ensure a minimum of 6 feet of separation between tables. Seating at each table shall be limited to a maximum of 6 guests with strict social distancing.
        3. Food services are subject to the limitations placed on restaurants pursuant to Proclamation effective May 5, 2020.
  2. This Proclamation shall be effective at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2020, and shall remain in full force and effect until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020, unless it is modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded.

Violations 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 MONDAY JUNE 15, 2020 AT 8:00 A.M.  AND SHALL CONTINUE UNTIL 8:00 A.M. ON JUNE 29, 2020 UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED HEREIN OR EXTENDED, MODIFIED OR REPEALED BY A SUBSEQUENT PROCLAMATION.

SO RESOLVED this the 12th day of June 2020.

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GEORGE FLAGGS, JR., MAYOR

CITY OF VICKSBURG, MS

ATTEST:

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WALTER W. OSBORNE, JR.

CITY CLERK

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