The Hattiesburg Way
CORONAVIRUS HOME // THE HATTIESBURG WAY
The Hattiesburg Way is a commitment by restaurants and bars throughout Hattiesburg to assure customers of a safe and healthy transaction while we all work together through COVID-19’s impact on our community. It includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Insist that employees DO NOT come to work if they are not well.
- Employees will have temperatures checked at beginning of shifts and answer questionnaires about contact with those who might be unwell.
- Increased hand washing
- All servers will wear gloves
- Tables and chairs are wiped down each time a table is turned.
- Restaurants will ensure sanitizer solution buckets and towels on each kitchen station will be changed hourly.
- Restaurants will comply with distancing methods for dining rooms to meet capacity guidelines.
- Hand sanitizer available for customers.
- Pre-wrapped plastic cutlery will be available to customers.
- Protocols for take-out and curbside delivery where needed.
- Eliminate self-service stations.
Below is a list of restaurants and bars that have relayed to the City of Hattiesburg that they are providing alternative operational processes to their customers. If your business is doing this, please email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Preferred Contact Name and Phone/Email
- Options for pick up (dine-in, carry-out, curbside-delivery, delivery)
- Any menu changes (limited or restrictions)
RESTAURANTS & BARS
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
The following are basic hygiene practices that can help prevent the spread of viruses like the coronavirus and the flu.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds multiple times a day. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when feeling sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
I HAVE SYMPTOMS. WHAT DO I DO?
The symptoms that are currently being seen with COVID-19 are fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath.
- Stay home from work or school until you are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours and without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medications.
- Seek medical attention if you have reason to believe you have been exposed to coronavirus or influenza. Call your healthcare provider before visiting a healthcare facility.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You probably have questions like the following (and more). Click the button at the bottom of this box to read through our FAQ (which is updated as needed).
- What are Coronaviruses?
- How is coronavirus (COVID-19) transmitted, and when will someone get sick if they’re exposed?
- Should I wear a facemask to prevent COVID-19?
- How can I protect myself from COVID-19?
For all media inquiries, please contact 601-447-5950 (text for best response) or email email@example.com.
LINKS & RESOURCES
NEED HELP OR INFO?
If you have questions or need additional information about coronavirus and Mississippi, the information below will provide you with a hotline dedicated to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Hotline: 877-978-6453
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
SOURCE: World Health Organization
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
[SOURCE: World Health Organization]
HOW DOES CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) SPREAD?
Coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
[SOURCE: Center for Disease Conrol]