For Immediate Release:
March 4, 2022
Mayor Lumumba lifts mask mandate, other COVID-19 restrictions
(Jackson, Miss.) – Today, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba made significant changes to his Safe Recovery executive order which put restrictions on the public due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Mayor made the decision after discussions with his COVID-19 Task Force.
The new order includes the the lifting of the citywide facial covering (mask) mandate. “All restrictions previously implemented through any (order) related to face coverings are hereby lifted in their entirety,” the order reads. The order follows a similar one issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week that also lifted mask wearing requirements.
The mayor’s new order also lifts all restrictions related to capacity and hours of Jackson businesses.
“I have imposed restrictions and limitations on certain businesses with public health in mind, and also understand that such restrictions and limitations complicate the economic picture for many business owners…this executive order seeks to provide a further economic lifeline to businesses by lifting some restrictions of business services,” said Mayor Lumumba.
An ordinance allowing businesses to establish a temporary leisure and recreation district remains in place. Businesses in Jackson with alcohol permits may offer alcoholic beverages through carry out, drive-thru and curbside pickup.
Restaurants, bars and retail establishments affected by COVID-19 restrictions may contact the City’s Constituent Services Office at 601-960-2324 to request a temporary permit to create or expand an outdoor area for customers to consume food/alcohol and to expand business operations to public parking lots, sidewalks and streets closed to public access, and other areas within proximity of the business.
The new order is effective Friday, March 4, and supersedes any contrary provision.
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