April 17, 2020
Our community continues to make every effort to combat the spread of COVID-19 by following the shelter-in-place orders issued by Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves and through Telehealth services offered by King’s Daughters Medical Center.
Today, in an effort to continue to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Governor Reeves issued Executive Order No. 1473. The new Order extends the statewide shelter-in-place, instituted in Executive Order No. 1466, until at least 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 27, 2020.
Certain measures related to non-essential businesses and operations, prohibited activities, and essential activities have been amended through Executive Order No. 1473 and will be effective at 8:00 a.m. on Moday, April 20th. These measures are believed to be essential to our economic activity and will help the people of Mississippi to stay safe — both mentally and financially.
I want to take this opportunity to advise the people of Brookhaven that the restrictions mandated by Governor Reeves’ Executive Orders No. 1463, No. 1466, and No. 1473 will be enforced by the City of Brookhaven. Please be aware that Brookhaven City Parks and Walking Trails will remain closed until further notice.
The following outline of changes referred to in Executive Order No. 1473 are not in effect for this weekend, but will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020:
1. Businesses which were previously deemed non-essential may allow safe retail sales (not services) by drive-thru, curbside pick-up and delivery (social distancing, gathering restrictions, personal hygiene guidelines and recommendations will still be in effect).
2. Clothing stores, florists, or athletic goods can do safe sales. If a salon or other business wants to safely sell their excess supplies, they can do that, but cannot sell/provide services. Call ahead or order online, then safely pick it up.
3. State park lakes, state lakes and reservoirs are allowed to be open under with the following caveats:
- Recreational boating, and fishing from boats will be allowed as long as the social distancing is practiced and occupancy does not exceed 50% recommended for any particular watercraft. A minimum of two occupants will always be allowed.
- Fishing from banks will be allowed as long as social distancing is observed.
- Parks (excluding walking trails), beaches and sandbars associated with state park lakes, state lakes and reservoirs will remain closed.
- Boat ramps at state park lakes and state lakes will be open. Boat ramps at Pearl River Valley Supply District parks will be closed if such park is closed. Boat Ramps including Fannin Landing, Madison Landing, and Rankin Landing will be open.
4. All Mississippi coastal beaches, beach parks, beach areas, and piers may reopen as determined by local authorities, subject to limitations and restrictions put in place by local authorities. Social distancing and restrictions on gatherings of groups of more than ten people will still be in place.
Executive Orders No. 1463, No. 1466, and No. 1473 will remain in effect until 8 a.m. on Monday, April 27, 2020, when Governor Reeves will either rescind, modify or extend the Executive Orders for an additional period of time. The City of Brookhaven will make copies of the Executive Orders available in the City Clerk’s office to anyone who requests a copy of the Orders for their own review.
I know that we wish all businesses could re-open at this time, but today’s amendments by Governor Reeves are a good step of faith towards economic recovery while keeping the health of our residents the top priority. I and the members of the Brookhaven Board of Aldermen are aware of the difficulties and sacrifices experienced by our citizens during these trying and unprecedented times. In order to stay healthy and work toward re-opening our economy, I ask the people of Lincoln County to voluntarily follow the requirements of Governor Reeves’ Executive Orders. Our community has proven itself to be strong and resilient. With your help, we can fight COVID-19 and get through this together.
Joe C. Cox
Mayor, City of Brookhaven