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PRESS RELEASE: Mayor Lumumba Signs Executive Order Banning Gatherings of 10+ People, Closing Bars, and Limiting Restaurant Access Amid Public Health Crisis

Posted on March 18, 2020

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(Jackson, MS) – Wednesday, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba issued an executive order prohibiting gatherings of 10 people or more, closing bars, and limiting access to restaurants in the City of Jackson.

The function of the executive order serves to enforce the following:

  • All restaurants located in the City of Jackson, with or without drive-in or drive-through services, may only provide take-out, pick-up, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law. There shall be no in-house dining or available sitting areas for the public.
  • All bars, nightclubs, lounges, taverns, and private clubs located in the City of Jackson shall close, except to the extent that such establishments may only provide take-out, pick-up, delivery, or drive-through services for food as allowed by law.
  • To the extent allowed by state and federal law and the United States Constitution, the Proclamation of Executive Order prohibiting and limiting events is applicable to spiritual and faith-based gatherings.
  • Violations of the Executive Order may be subject to misdemeanor prosecution pursuant to Section 45-17-9 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended and Section 86-1 of the Jackson Code of Ordinances.

This Proclamation of Executive Order supersedes the March 16, 2020 “Mayoral Proclamation of Executive Order Prohibiting Gatherings of 50 People or More and Limiting Gatherings of Fewer Than 50 People in the City of Jackson.” It goes into effect at 11:59 on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

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