TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton imposed a stay-at-home order that went into effect early Sunday to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The city released executive orders Saturday night imposing some of the strictest measures in Mississippi so far to combat the virus. They are:
- a stay-at-home order that would only allow travel to and from essential businesses as well as travel for self or family care
- mandatory compliance of federal and state coronavirus guidelines that will be enforced
- stopping utility disconnections, evictions and foreclosures as allowed by law
- closing nonessential businesses
At the moment, this would last until 11:59 p.m. on March 28.
Shelton explained the way an executive order works is that it takes effect immediately and the City Council votes later on to approve or change it. According to the mayor, that council vote will happen next week.
medical and health care clinics and facilities
businesses in the supply chain for essential businesses—such as medical, food supply, etc.
professional services serving essential businesses just listed
barbers and beauty salons
massage, nail and day spas
sporting and concert venues
The city said exemptions will be provided for any business that can comply with federal and state guidelines and "not be open to the general public other than by curbside, carryout, delivery, telework from home or similar means and any business may seek exemption by separate order of Mayor or majority of Tupelo City Council."
The mandates go into effect at 12 A.M March, 22nd. But, the city council will officially vote ratify or change any of the mandates later this week.