City of Ocean Springs

    Regulations to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

    PROCLAMATION ENACTING REGULATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND

    PROPERTY AND TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE NOVEL COVID-19

    BY MAYOR SHEA DOBSON

    WHEREAS, the Secretary of Health and Human Services ("HHS”) declared a public health

    emergency on January 31, 2020, under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act in response

    to COVID-19; and

    WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national

    emergency in response to the effects of COVID-19; and

    WHEREAS, on March 14, 2020, Governor Tate Reeves signed a State of Emergency in

    response to the spread of COVID-19; and

    WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020 the City of Ocean Springs declared a local state of

    emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak; and

    WHEREAS, at this time, there are at least 80 reported COVID-19 cases in Mississippi,

    including one resulting in death; and

    WHEREAS, a significant increase in positive cases and additional deaths are expected; and

    WHEREAS, on March 20, 2020, the Mississippi Department of Health released a

    recommendation that all restaurant and bars suspend dine-in service for the foreseeable future in

    order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately; and

    WHEREAS, pursuant to Mississippi Code Section 21-19-3 the Mayor is authorized to

    make regulations to prevent the introduction and spread of contagious or infectious diseases; to

    make quarantine laws for that purpose, and to enforce the same within five miles of the corporate

    limits; and to establish pesthouses outside the corporate limits, and to provide for the support and

    government of the same; and

    WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of Ocean Springs hereby proclaims it necessary and in

    the best interest of the public welfare and safety to impose certain regulations pursuant to

    Mississippi law for the purposes of protecting life and property, preserving the public order and

    safety, and limiting and containing the spread of a contagious or infectious disease, specifically

    COVID-19.

    NOW, THEREFORE I, MAYOR SHEA DOBSON, HEREBY PROCLAIMS AS

    FOLLOWS PURSUANT TO MISS. CODE ANN. § 21-19-3:

    SECTION 1: That the following regulations are hereby implemented and adopted, effective

    11:59 p.m. CST on March 20, 2020:

    a) Indoor dining shall be prohibited at all restaurants, cafés, coffee houses, diners, food

    stands, and any other building, business, establishment, or place that prepares, sells or

    distributes prepared food (collectively referred to as "Dining Establishments”). Dining

    Establishments may only sell or distribute food and beverages by means of carry-out,

    walk-out, curbside, drive-up, drive-thru and delivery. For any Dining Establishment

    selling or distributing food and beverages by means of carry-out, no more than five (5)

    customers shall be allowed in the Dining Establishment at any given time. Dining

    Establishments are responsible for ensuring compliance with the foregoing limitation.

    b) The following buildings, businesses, establishments and places shall be closed: parties,

    bars, social clubs, night clubs, taverns, lounges, private clubs and indoor and outdoor

    performance venues.

    c) City properties (parks, centers, harbors, and marinas) are closed to gatherings of more

    than ten (10) people.

    d) Social distancing of six (6) feet or more is in effect for all facilities in the City of Ocean

    Springs, Mississippi.

    e) None of the foregoing provisions shall be deemed to restrict or prohibit any person,

    entity, or business from providing goods and services necessary for the support of

    Critical Infrastructure. The following sectors constitute Critical Infrastructure:

    healthcare/public health; law enforcement; public safety and first responders; food and

    agriculture; energy, including electricity, petroleum, natural gas and propane; water

    and wastewater; transportation and logistics; ports; public works; communications and

    information technology; critical manufacturing; hazardous materials; and financial

    services.

    SECTION 2: Violations of the foregoing regulations are punishable as allowed by

    Mississippi law, including a fine not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment

    not exceeding six (6) months or both.

    SECTION 3: The foregoing regulations shall remain in effect until the next regularly

    scheduled or specially called meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs,

    Mississippi, wherein same may be ratified, extended, or terminated, if necessary, as provided by

    law.

    /s/ Shea Dobson

    MAYOR SHEA DOBSON

     

     

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