Category: News & Updates

Hattiesburg Announces Free Community Testing Center for COVID-19
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Hattiesburg Announces Free Community Testing Center for COVID-19

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – To accelerate testing capacity and access for residents in Hattiesburg, the City of Hattiesburg is partnering with the Forrest County Emergency Management District, the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, Hattiesburg Clinic, Forrest General and the Mississippi Department of Health to provide a free COVID-19 community testing center at C.E. Roy Community Center...

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Barbershops, Salons & Gyms to Open on May 11 in Hattiesburg with More Stringent Guidelines

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker announced Saturday that barbershops, salons and gym facilities in the city limits will open following Governor Reeves Executive Order 1480, but with more stringent guidelines. “Two weeks ago, we announced that reopening the city would include a measured approach – one built on local data and one built...

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City Administration Shares Financial Impact of Hattiesburg’s Reduction in Force

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Monday, April 27, the City of Hattiesburg announced plans to move forward with a reduction in force process in response to projected shortfalls in sales tax revenues from COVID-19’s effect on the Hattiesburg economy. As of Friday, May 1, the city’s administration moved forward with a reduction in force that included...

Hattiesburg’s Cost of Curbside Recycling Program to Increase
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Hattiesburg’s Cost of Curbside Recycling Program to Increase

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Due to commodity market changes affecting the current recycling contractor, the City of Hattiesburg will present a new contract with a new company – Republic Recycling in Baton Rouge – on Tuesday for review by City Council. Since 2014, the city has offered its recycling services to residents through a voluntary-pay program...

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Hattiesburg Mayor Issues Guidance for Retail with new Executive Order

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Thursday, April 30, Mayor Toby Barker issued Executive Order 2020-5 to provide guidance to retail businesses regarding in-house capacity and masks. “As we begin taking steps to reopen parts of Hattiesburg’s economy, we do so with a dual focus of prioritizing public health while giving the private sector space to operate...

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Hattiesburg Begins Reduction in Force in Response to COVID-19

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Due to projected shortfalls in sales tax revenues from COVID-19’s effect on the Hattiesburg economy, the City of Hattiesburg will experience a reduction in force beginning this week. The city’s general fund is heavily dependent on the tax dollars generated from retail sales, and March numbers indicate a downturn (approximately 15%) for...

Hattiesburg Relies on More Stringent Restrictions for Non-Essential Retail to Help Slow the Spread
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Hattiesburg Relies on More Stringent Restrictions for Non-Essential Retail to Help Slow the Spread

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – To further slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Hattiesburg metro-area and with provisions from Governor Tate Reeves latest safer-at-home order, Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker is leaning on more stringent regulations for non-essential retail beginning Monday, April 27. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, they can operate by drive-thru, pickup sales, curbside delivery...

Mayor Barker Announces Working Group in COVID-19 Response
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Mayor Barker Announces Working Group in COVID-19 Response

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Wednesday night, Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker addressed citizens via Facebook Live to announce a community working group as the next step in the city’s response to COVID-19. This working group will be tasked with identifying both the challenges and creative solutions in re-opening all facets of Hattiesburg after the shelter-in-place ends....

60,000 Masks Available to Residents of the Pine Belt
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60,000 Masks Available to Residents of the Pine Belt

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Due to the generosity of Spartan Mosquito, a local Hattiesburg Business, 60,000 masks were donated to the City of Hattiesburg, Forrest County and Lamar County governments to distribute to residents at no cost. “Our latest executive order required that employees at essential businesses wear masks and we also made the recommendation that...

Mayor Barker Provides Guidance to Essential Businesses Regarding Masks
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Mayor Barker Provides Guidance to Essential Businesses Regarding Masks

Hattiesburg, Mississippi – On Wednesday, Mayor Toby Barker issued Executive Order 2020-4 to provide guidance to essential and non-essential businesses maintaining minimum operations regarding masks. This order goes into effect on Friday, April 10 at 5 p.m. and will be enforced until April 30, 2020. It includes the following: All employees of essential businesses and...

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