Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has ordered all bars, nightclubs, lounges, taverns, pubs, breweries, distilleries, and wineries unless they can provide drive-thru, curbside, or delivery services.
The order is for a week at this time. It goes into effect Tuesday, August 4, 2020, and will remain in effect through Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
Lumumba justifies his order by saying COVID–19 can easily spread when people are congregating for long periods of time in tight spaces, like inside a bar. Consuming alcohol reduces inhibitions that leads to less compliance with wearing face coverings and socially distancing oneself, the mayor writes, adding that bars are generally noisy, requiring patrons to shout, which spreads droplets more widely.