Oxford easing restrictions on businesses during coronavirus pandemic

Oxford mayor and aldermen meet April 28, 2020. (City of Oxford)

Oxford will allow more businesses to reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, but employees and customers at all businesses must wear a face mask or covering.

Posted: Apr 28, 2020 10:30 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) — Oxford will allow more businesses to reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, but employees and customers at all businesses must wear a face mask or covering.

Aldermen voted 6-1 Tuesday to allow many non-essential businesses to reopen earlier than the original plan on reopening them Saturday.

City leaders kept what it deemed non-essential businesses closed even though Governor Tate Reeves allowed most non-essential businesses in Mississippi to reopen on Monday. The governor’s order gave cities permission to implement stricter standards, which Oxford did.

And that will continue with the city giving the okay to reopen retailers like appliance stores, bookstores and furniture stores as well as businesses such as collection agencies, professional services and title companies.

For example, retailers in the city can only allow a limited number of customers — 30 percent of fire capacity or 5 customers for every 1,000 square feet. The state order allows 50 percent of capacity.

Also, the city is mandating face masks and coverings by employees and customers. The state is only recommending such coverings.

Oxford already required workers and customers at essential businesses to wear a face mask or covering, and it appears most people have no problem with that.

Police Chief Jeff McCutchen told aldermen and Mayor Robyn Tannehill Tuesday his officers conducted 220 to 225 business checks in recent days to make sure people were wearing masks. He said officers had only issued about 15 warnings as of Tuesday morning.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 145636

Reported Deaths: 3745
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Hinds9584195
Harrison6848109
Jackson6124118
Rankin528598
Lee484295
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Forrest368186
Jones345287
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Lafayette315049
Washington3097107
Lamar281849
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Neshoba2164115
Panola211749
Marshall208350
Leflore200890
Pontotoc194728
Monroe190277
Sunflower189755
Lincoln186165
Warren172257
Tate164251
Union160925
Pike160458
Copiah158940
Yazoo151239
Scott150229
Itawamba147634
Coahoma147443
Pearl River144467
Simpson144253
Alcorn143925
Prentiss140429
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Adams136548
Leake131843
Holmes124961
George122224
Tippah121530
Covington117636
Winston116624
Wayne115823
Hancock114139
Marion111046
Attala107833
Tishomingo106142
Newton102729
Chickasaw102432
Tallahatchie95527
Clarke88553
Clay87027
Jasper81122
Walthall75028
Stone72414
Montgomery71925
Calhoun71613
Carroll70614
Lawrence70214
Yalobusha69427
Noxubee69217
Smith68816
Perry65225
Tunica59619
Greene58422
Claiborne57416
Jefferson Davis54217
Humphreys52618
Amite51214
Benton48417
Quitman4796
Webster42014
Kemper40917
Wilkinson38622
Jefferson33811
Franklin3235
Choctaw3077
Sharkey30617
Issaquena1114
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 236865

Reported Deaths: 3472
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Jefferson31043491
Mobile19446360
Tuscaloosa12684150
Madison12528146
Montgomery12122235
Shelby992276
Baldwin837684
Lee759765
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Marshall596153
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Walker356199
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Jackson302524
Colbert297641
Blount282236
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Franklin246233
Coffee236615
Dale228454
Dallas222331
Russell21923
Chilton218537
Covington215933
Escambia196931
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Chambers171448
Pike156014
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Marion135535
Winston126623
Lawrence123936
Geneva11848
Pickens117618
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Butler114341
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Hale93231
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Henry8436
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Monroe77911
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Crenshaw70330
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