Columbus curfew, changes in place to fight virus

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) – Columbus residents are asking for clarity on the city’s new rules and curfew.

Some people said they are confused about what the curfew is and what changes are in place.

City Attorney Jeff Turnage said city council members voted Tuesday to have the curfew set for 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Members also allowed golfers to limit themselves to one person per golf cart since golf courses opened.

The tennis club is now open if they abide by the United States Tennis Association’s guidelines.

The Riverwalk is open since it is a walking trail; however, city parks remain closed.

Some retailers can now open with 50 percent of its occupancy as defined under the city’s fire code. Some stores are required to do cashless purchases, have paint markers on floors for proper social distancing and require workers to wear masks.

“We’re not free of risk at this point. In fact, it may be riskier than before now that things are open,” Turnage said. “So, everybody, whether they’re regulated and required to do that or not, they need to be careful to try to stay back and maintain good hygiene and sanitation.”

A shelter-in-place is still in effect in Columbus for those who are vulnerable to the virus, such as the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Turnage said these changes will last until May 11 or if the governor rescinds or amends his executive order.