Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba issued an executive today closing bars to indoor guests.
Saying he was “prioritizing saving lives,” bars in the state’s largest city can no longer serve guests inside. Instead they can only provide takeout or drive-thru services. This includes all bars, nightclubs, lounges, taverns, and private clubs located in the city of Jackson.
Bar tops in restaurants must also close, though employees can still work behind the bar to prepare drinks. They can then serve those drinks to customers at a table. Additionally, restaurants can continue to serve alcohol.
The order goes into effect Tuesday night.
Previous, Gov. Tate Reeves has signed an order that closed bars at 11 p.m. and mandated customers be seated before they can be served alcohol.