The original item was published from March 13, 2020 10:11 AM to March 20, 2020 12:39 PM
Obviously, our world and our city are facing many unknowns at this time regarding this disease. As we listen to experienced and credentialed doctors express varying opinions, it makes it challenging for all of us to accurately gauge our risk. As I’ve stated, it is critical that we not panic, however, we must prepare and implement risk-minimization practices until we know the severity of this threat. One of the key recommendations of the CDC and Mississippi State Department of Health (links below) is to practice social distancing. As a city, it is crucial for us to heed the advice of these organizations and both practice and promote this risk-minimization action.
Until APRIL 1, all City of Southaven Park and Recreational events will be suspended. This includes tournaments, recreational games, and all other organized gatherings. Facilities will remain open for individual use. The Municipal Court will remain open with amended procedures to protect high-risk persons. All other City functions will not change. Again, this is simply to minimize risks associated with gatherings and practice social distancing.
It’s important to note that the City does not make decisions for schools, churches, other governmental entities, or private businesses located in our city, but encourages all to consider the recommendations of the MSDH and CDC.
We understand the inconvenience and frustration of the unknowns at this point, but must err on the side of caution and public safety until we have a better assessment of the real dangers posed to us by this disease.
We will continue to evaluate all facts and provide corresponding updates.