Won’t You Be My (Good) Neighbor?

These are the days we look forward to all year long — welcoming tourists from near and far to downtown Laurel and playing license plate bingo as we drive down Central Avenue. We are thrilled to be able to open our downtown to visitors once again. Covid-19 still posts a significant threat to our community, but Laurel Main Street, its members, and partners are doing everything we can to keep our community safe and healthy, both physically and economically. We need your help to keep it that way.

Be a Good Neighbor

Wash

We’re sure you’re familiar with the recommendations to wash your hands for 20 seconds or sanitize your hands before you eat, you may not realize that there are hand sanitizing stations in and around retail stores downtown. Laurel Main Street has also provided hand sanitizer to its members. We encourage you to use hand sanitizer or good old soap and water after touching doors, handling money, and before eating.

Protect

While we can’t demand that you wear masks in public any more than we can demand you wear clothes, we do think it’s a nice thing to do. Laurel Main Street provided masks to members and has encouraged business owners and their employees to continue wearing masks while serving the public. The city of Laurel has also requested the use of masks in the following manner:

• All employees of essential businesses and all employees of nonessential businesses shall wear a mask when working in or moving about the same workspace as other employees or working in or moving about the same room as the public.

• All customers age 12 or over shall wear a mask while inside an essential or nonessential retail establishment.

• For purposes of this Order, “mask” shall be defined as any face covering; including, but not limited to, fabric masks, homemade linen or cloth masks, household dust masks, handkerchief, scarf, surgical mask, KN95 mask or N95 mask.

• This Order shall not apply to customers who have trouble breathing or are unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance; anyone with a disability; or anyone with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask is not recommended by their healthcare professional.

• Retail establishments are encouraged to post notice of the requirement for customers to wear masks at each public entrance of the store and to provide reasonable oversight of their customers to ensure compliance.

The order goes into effect June 17, 2020 at 8 a.m. and ends July 1, 2020 at 8 a.m.

To read the entire mask order, click here. Remember, we wear our masks to protect you, our neighbors and welcome guests. Please do the same for us.

You might notice that some retail stores and restaurants are limiting the number of people allowed inside at one time or even requesting contactless payment options. We hope you’ll be respectful and understanding of the requests of business owners.

Clean

Please discard disposable gloves, masks, etc. in trash receptacles. Garbage bins can be found throughout the walkable downtown area and in our parks. We take great pride in The City Beautiful and hope you’ll help us keep it clean for others to enjoy as well.

Be Our Guest

We want our community to thrive, for businesses to stay open, and for employees to stay healthy. Keeping a lid on COVID helps us all! We understand that our requests may require you to make adjustments to your plans. We hope you’ll still visit our town and support our local economy. We look forward to seeing your smiling eyes and greeting you from a safe distance!

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Written by Carrie Cullum

Carrie is a native of Laurel and graduated from R.H. Watkins High School. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Carrie started her social media marketing business, The Social Pages, in 2013. She enjoys partnering with small business owners and watching their businesses grow and succeed!