Vicksburg mayor declares civil emergency, implements city-wide curfew

Updated: Mar. 22, 2020 at 3:01 PM CDT
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VICKSBURG, Miss. (WLBT) - Vicksburg and Warren County city officials held a press conference to discuss ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on Sunday afternoon.

The city’s civil emergency plan will go into effect starting Monday, March 23rd.

So far there are no confirmed cases in Warren County, but the mayor says they are not taking any chances.

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“Let me just be clear. Over the next few days we will be taking steps that will save lives and limit the exposure of this virus," Mayor Flaggs said.

Starting Monday afternoon, Phase 2 of their emergency plan will involve big changes starting with a city-wide curfew.

“From 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., people should not be on the public streets or public places unless you are traveling to and from work or for medical reasons,” Flaggs said.

Businesses will adjust hours, social distancing and limitations on gatherings will be ordered to the public.

Bars, nightclubs, lounges, taverns, and restaurants will close and will only provide take-out, pick-up, delivery or drive-through services for food.

Liquor stores will only be allowed for curbside delivery only and no more than 10 employees inside at one time.

This is the new reality for the City of Vicksburg for the next 14 days.

“Funeral services are being recommended to be held on the property of the funeral home or the City of Vicksburg Auditorium.”

Health care professionals also in attendance say it’s important not to flood the ER since there is only one in Vicksburg.

“Right now we do not have enough tests to go around, but thanks to the governor and leadership there are more available everyday,” said Dr. Carlos A Latorre, MD with Family Medicine.

They are also working everyday on getting more Personal protective equipment.

George Flaggs says law enforcement will be strictly enforcing the new curfew and any citizens not following orders will be given a citation.

“We feel confident that we are prepared, but we have to stay diligent and follow all guidelines,” Flaggs said.

“I am asking parents to please council with your children. Ask them to stay in and make sure they are not going out in large groups,” said Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace.

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