Mayor: 'Act as if You have this Virus, more Biloxi News 

From:  City of Biloxi   3/28/2020   GCN

Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich has advice for everyone worried about contracting the coronavirus: Act is as if you already have it.

"Everyone, of all ages," Gilich says in today's video message, "must act as if they had this virus and stay clear of people and things that could transmit it to others."

The comment was one of several new pieces of advice and messages in today's video update, which was filmed mid-afternoon at City Hall. The video was filmed before two members of the Biloxi Fire Department were found to have COVID-19. Both are recuperating at home.

But for those businesses that remain open, Gilich said he and fellow mayors are stressing social distancing.

Said the mayor: "The big-box stores, grocery stores, pharmacies and others need to keep an eye on numbers.

Take steps for everyone to maintain plenty of distance, and implement wipe down protocols."

The mayor reiterated that all bars and dine-in restaurants remain closed in Biloxi. Only to-go and drive-through service are available, and no seating is allowed outside restaurants or businesses. Additionally, public parks and beaches remain closed to groups of 10 or more.

Facebook: See today's update
YouTube: See today's message

Edgewater Mall to close Sunday

Edgewater Mall will close at the end of business Sunday, with tentativce plans to re-open Monday, April 13, 2020.

The mall, which had been open to only a handful of its stores, announced that Dillard's will remain open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Chick-Fil-A will continue drive-through operations in the west mall parking lot 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The mall also announced that four of its stand-alone businesses will remain open: Murphy's Oil, Raising Canes, Pep Boys and McDonalds.

Two in fire department test positive

Two members of the Biloxi Fire Department have tested positive for the coronavirus. Neither was admitted to a hospital, but are in self-quarantine at home.

"We knew there was a chance of this happening," Fire Chief Joe Boney said today. "We are taking appropriate precautions, and this is in no way impacting our ability to respond to calls.

"All firefighters have been made aware of this, and everyone is monitoring their conditions. In addition to continuing to take necessary precautions, we are disinfecting our stations twice a day, following protocols, and we'll take further action as necessary."

Podcast: Inside the decisions

Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich stopped by the recording of the "City Desk" podcast this afternoon and had answers for lingering questions: Why no curfew? What do you tell people who are feeling stressed? How are YOU handling things? To listen to the 13-minute program -- Gilich joins midway through -- click here.

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