Mississippi cities are locking down and setting curfews in coronavirus battle; see where this is happening

Published 1:15 pm Monday, March 23, 2020

Cities and communities across Mississippi are enacting more stringent measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Many cities enacted curfews and and “stay at home” resolutions to limit the movement of residents during the current coronavirus outbreak.

Officials on the Gulf Coast have suggested such measures are necessary for their communities. On the advice of Coast mayors, the Harrison County Board of Supervisors rejected imposing a curfew Monday, but all warned that day could be coming as the new coronavirus continues to spread.

Here is a look at what cities in Mississippi have enacted curfews and other stringent measures:

  • Columbus — Curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. except for essential travel by people over the age of 18.
  • Houston, Mississippi — Curfew from 8 p.m.-5 a.m. The city also closed many of its buildings to public traffic until further notice.
  • Meridian — Curfew from 9 pm to 6 am for at least the next 14 days starting Monday. This curfew excludes essential travel like work or emergencies.
  • Oxford — The Oxford Board of Aldermen approved a “Stay at Home” resolution Sunday. For at least the next 15 days, all non-essential businesses and business functions shall be closed to the public.
  • Richton — Curfew from 9 p.m. – 5 a.m. in effect, unless it is an emergency or for work. Until at lest April 17.
  • Tupelo — Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton imposed a stay-at-home order that went into effect early Sunday to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The order will last through at least March 28.
  • Vicksburg — Curfew from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. for at least 14 days beginning Monday. People will not be allowed in public streets or places unless they are traveling to or from work. First responders and law enforcement are exempt from the curfew.