The city of Jackson has become the second city in Mississippi to close bars and restraints in an effort to ease the transmission of the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

This evening, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba issued an order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people. All restaurants and bars must close, though restaurants can continue to offer take-out and delivery services.

Yesterday, Oxford became the first city in the state to issue a similar order. Some governors have issued statewide bans, but Gov. Tate Reeves has said he is hesitant to order mandatory closings for private businesses.

According to latest count, there have been 34 positive cases in Mississippi, including six in Hinds county.

The order will be in effect until March 31.