The City of Wiggins Mayor and Board of Aldermen, in a special-called meeting Monday, closed city parks and joined Stone County in banning restaurant dine-in.

The board, while opposed to closing the parks and a source of exercise for those who utilize the walking track at Blaylock Park, deferred to the advice of City Attorney Jenny Tyler-Baker.

Tyler-Baker said keeping parks open would become a headache for the city by forcing enforcement issues if more than 10 people gathered at a time.

The board also voted to adopt an emergency resolution modeled very closely on a resolution adopted by the Stone County Board of Supervisors. Tyler-Baker made small edits to the document to make it applicable to the city.

For now, the city will not impose a curfew nor close any businesses in the city, though that is subject to change.

“For the most part, our citizens have been doing a very good job of doing what they’re supposed to be doing,” said Mayor Joel Miles. “I feel like all of our businesses in Wiggins are essential.”

The city has restricted access to City Hall by temporarily making the old Municipal Court entrance the main entrance.

That allows clerks to remain behind a protective window. The city is asking people to conduct business over the telephone and online, or avoid interpersonal contact by making water bill payments in the drop box near the curb in front of City Hall.

The Wiggins Police Department and Municipal Court already has a secure lobby with all city workers behind protective windows.

The city has closed the Ferris B. O’Neal Senior Center.

“We felt last week that was prudent to do because senior citizens are very susceptible,” Miles said.

All decisions made and actions taken will be revisited at the next regularly-scheduled meeting of the board, set for April 7, unless circumstances force the city to call another special meeting.

“Things keep changing on a daily basis and we will be following the Mississippi State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control guidelines,” Miles said.

The entire meeting can be watched on the Stone County Enterprise Facebook page.

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