AMORY – An order signed by Mayor Brad Blalock Monday follows suit with some neighboring cities as a response to COVID-19. From now through March 31, mandates will be in place including non-essential businesses limiting the numbers of people to 10 or less at one time inside their businesses.

Non-essential businesses are defined in the order as barbershops, salons, sporting goods stores, retail stores and gyms.

Examples of essential businesses include medical and healthcare clinics, gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, cleaners and laundromats, discount and dollar stores, banks, hardware stores, electrical stores, plumbing stores, auto parts stores, building materials stores and daycares.

The City of Amory, through the order, is asking people to use good judgment and stay at home except when it is absolutely necessarily to be out, such as traveling to and from work or purchasing necessities.

City officials also ask for people to shop local when this emergency is over.

“Our local small businesses have been greatly impacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These people are the backbone of our community and have invested time and money to serve us locally. Please encourage and pray for them,” the order states.

Additional components of the order include restaurants closing dining rooms, adding drive-thru, curbside takeout and delivery services may continue.

There will also be increased police activity after 8 p.m. each night.

After the order was sent to the Monroe Journal, Amory City Clerk Jamie Morgan gave mention to further items addressed through the city’s Facebook page:

Questions:

Is there a certain time that restaurants must close? No. That has not changed. We only ask that you work through take out, carry outs, delivery, etc. within the scope of the order by closing the dining room portion of your establishment to protect you, your employees and citizens.

Why through the 31st only? We meet weekly and sometimes daily with people to update us on conditions. This may change. Please watch this page for updates.

Why only the jobs listed above? Those are listed per the Mississippi State Department of Health's examples.

Curfew? No new curfew times have been issued changing those already in existence (Ordinance 1322 passed in 1967 12:30 a.m. to 5 a.m. and a minor's curfew via Ordinance 1533 passed in 1995 limiting presence of a minors on streets/parks/sidewalks from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m.). However, we would ask that everyone please pay attention to the current order encouraging citizens to remain at home unless travel is required for jobs and or acquiring necessities to protect yourself, your family, your co-workers and other citizens.

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