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Request to limit, close businesses extends to county, including area daycares, playschools

The request to heed the Coronavirus guidelines set by the White House now extends to all businesses in Adams County, including daycares and preschools.

The Adams County Emergency Operations Center issued a statement Friday asking local businesses to adhere to the guidelines for the safety of the community.

In addition to limitations on restaurants, bars and other businesses, the EOC “strongly urges” independent daycares and playschools in Natchez, Adams County to close their doors by 5 p.m. today, and remain closed until further notice.

“This decision by EOC adds daycares and playschools to the growing list of businesses that have been asked to close ‘in-house’ services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement said. “This request applies to daycares and playschools in the county as well as the city. The primary concern is the health and safety of the citizens of our community.”

Other guidelines include:

Bars and nightclubs —  Please close in-house service immediately take-out and delivery of food service may continue. If your bar or nightclub is in the Leisure & Recreation District /Go Cup, alcoholic beverages may be served in go cups at the door.

Restaurants — Please close dine-in service immediately; provide take-out and delivery ONLY; drive-thru services may remain open.

Movie theaters, arcades, malls, bowling alleys, gyms and health clubs —  Please close, effective immediately.

“Pursuant to Adams County Emergency Operations, Natchez police officers and sheriff deputies will encourage businesses throughout the city and county to comply with the local guidelines,” the statement issued Friday said.