COVID-19 Update

Posted on: May 5, 2020

May 5, 2020

For Immediate Release:

COVID-19 Update, City of Laurel


In accordance with Governor Tate Reeves latest Executive Order #1478, beginning Thursday May 7, 2020 at 8:00 a.m., there will be some changes in operations within the City of Laurel. This latest order expires May 11 at 8 a.m.

We will keep you updated on any changes.

  • Restaurants and bars will be allowed to open, with in-house (indoor or outdoor) dining, but hours of operation are to be no later than 10:00 p.m.
  • The number of customers in the restaurant or bar shall be no greater than 50% of seating capacity.
  • Floor plans shall be updated to ensure at least six feet of separation between each party/group whether dining indoor or outdoor. Party sizes shall be limited to a maximum of six customers per table.
  • Bars or bar areas that do not offer food services shall remain closed, and live music shall not be permitted.
  • Each employee who comes into direct contact with customers shall be provided a cloth mask and required to wear that mask while on duty.
  • Self-service buffets, food stations, and drink stations are prohibited.
  • Cafeteria style (worker served) buffets and food stations are permitted with appropriate barriers in place.
  • Hand sanitizer shall be placed at all points of entry and exit, the hostess station, in or near the bathrooms, and at the cashier station.
  • All City of Laurel parks will resume operation, from 9 a.m. through 7 p.m. Participants must maintain social distancing of a minimum of six feet separation. Gatherings are limited to a maximum of 20 people for outside activities.
  • Tennis will resume at the City of Laurel facilities from 9 a.m. through 7 p.m.
  • All City of Laurel indoor facilities will remain closed to the public.

During this time of the easing of the Shelter in Place order, it is still necessary to remain vigilant and to take precautions to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

It is still recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that we continue to maintain social distancing of six feet and avoid crowds above ten persons. CDC also recommends wearing a cloth face covering, to protect others from you, in case you are infected. They further recommend that if you feel ill, remain at home.

Let us continue to take all necessary precautions as we continue to remain safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.