Following a recommendation from the Department of Health, the Gulf Coast cities of Biloxi, Gulfport, Ocean Springs, and D’Iberville all moved to close bars and restaurants Friday.

Under a new recommendation from the department, restaurants should close dining facilities and move to take out and delivery only in an effort to ease the spread of coronavirus. Last night, the cities of Biloxi, Gulfport, Ocean Springs, and D’Iberville joined Jackson, Tupelo, Oxford, and Moss Point in making such a move.

Even without an official statewide ban, most restaurants had already made this move. Thanks to the innovation of food delivery apps, the ability to get food without having to leave your house is a reality. Many of the apps have responded to the crisis by waiving delivery fees. And as the demand has increased, so has the opportunity for gig work delivering food.  

The department is also recommending gatherings should be 10 people or less, which is in line with the CDC guidance. Residents are advised not to attend weddings, funerals, or church services, for example. Many churches have moved to live-streaming services, if they had not already done so. 

Three states – California, New York, and Illinois – have moved forward with “shelter in place” orders that require all residents to stay home, except for essential workers who must go to work and those purchasing essential supplies, such as groceries. 

As of Friday, Mississippi had 80 positive cases of COVID-19 and one death.