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New Albany Mayor Tim Kent last week signed an emergency order pertaining to the coronavirus crisis.

According to the order, non-essential businesses cannot have more than 10 people inside their establishments at a time in the city of New Albany.

“We ask the public’s cooperation to stay at home except when it is necessary to be out,” the order states.

Examples of non-essential businesses include barber shops, beauty salons, nail salons, sporting goods stores, retail stores and gyms.

“We appreciate the cooperation of the retailers and that they understand the spirit of this order,” it says. “The main concern is to reduce human to human contact.”

Essential businesses include medical clinics, gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies, laundromats, discount and dollar stores, banks, hardware stores, electrical stores, plumbing stores, auto parts stores and others.

Churches have also been deemed essential services by Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves. Therefore, churches are still allowed to hold in-person services with more than 10 people, but attendees must keep at least 6 feet of social distance between them.

The mayor’s order urges people to shop locally once the coronavirus crisis is over.

“Our local small businesses have been greatly impacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the order says. “These people are the backbone of our community who have invested time and money to serve us locally. Please encourage and pray for them and continue to give them your patronage to the extent that you can safely do so.”

Moreover, the order says that businesses must follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Mississippi State Department of Health. The guidelines will be enforced, and the city will increase police presence after 8 p.m. each night, the order says.

This is the second emergency order Mayor Kent has signed in relation to the coronavirus. The first order said that restaurants in the city of New Albany should use only curbside, carryout, to-go or other such services. Restaurants are prohibited from using in-facility dining.

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