Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Guidelines
City of Clinton operations:
Offices: Masks are required to enter City offices. City employees are required to wear masks while assisting guests. Employees in close quarters with other employees and those in a customer service roles will wear a mask at all times.
All parks are open. Please use social distancing best prtactices. Please minimize playground usage to 20 or fewer people at a time. Ballfields are open for practices only.
Curfew: No curfew has been issued by the City of Clinton. CPD is strictly enforcing the social distancing and shelter-in-place orders.
The Mississippi State Department of Health announces cases of COVID-19 by county only. City officials are not notified by the MSDH of local cases. Please refrain from sharing false information. Please go to the MSDH web page for factual information. This link from the Health Dept. shows cases and their distribution across the state: https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.html
For the safety of our staff we ask that residents please call 601-924-5474 for assistance. For a faster response, please use Ask The Mayor and we will respond to your concern, question and need within 24 hours.
Doors locked and temperatures checked of staff and those who need to enter building daily.
Any high risk employee as been sent home to work remotely.
Please call 601-924-5474 for assistance prior to visiting the facility. Staff are wearing masks while in common areas and assisting the public.
Front doors are locked, anyone coming to the fire stations can knock/ring door bell and we will assist them through the doors or via phone. Please call 601-925-1010 for assistance.
Blood pressure tests at fire stations are being discontinued to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Administrative staff will isolate in their offices at station one in anticipation of working replacement shifts should any shifts need replacement firefighters or EMT personnel due to positive COVID-19 tests.
Shifting admin staff to isolate in offices and limit outside contact in preparation for replacement on shifts if necessary.
Finger printing services have been suspended until further notice to limit employee contact with the public.
Records personnel will alternate work days.
Mandatory mask order in effect. Pursuant to Miss. Code Section 33-15-1 et seq., state and local emergency management officials can arrest violators who will be subject to up to a $500 fine and up to 6 months imprisonment.
Payment of water bills is available through the drive-up window, online, dropbox or by mail. Inside payment window is closed. Please utilize our drop boxes at Public Works, Municipal Annex and City Hall. If you have a concern or problem and need to speak to someone about your water bill please call the office at (601-924-2239).
Crews will be limited to three personnel per vehicle with masks required.
Garbage collection is operating on the regular schedule. Residents are asked to place garbage curbside for collection by 7 A.M. each moring.
Place Work Orders at https://www.clintonms.org/departments/services/public-works/work-order
Lobby door is locked and allowing one person at a time in. Checking temperature at door.
Encouraging the use of online or phone payments.
Voice mail is set up and calls are being returned as quickly as possible.
Plexiglass shield installed at front counter.
Employees social distancing.
Limiting the amount of time employees are in office; laptops used in field to enter inspections.
Clerks have been cross-trained to perform all critical and essential tasks.
Parks and Recreation
Field usage is limited to practices only. No games by any sports league.
Construction continues on facilities at parks.
Finance and Administration
City Clerk’s Office is handling business by phone and by e-mail as possible.
Staff will isolate in their offices and limit contact with public.
Please call 601-924-5474 for assistance prior to visiting our facility.
Staff will isolate in their offices and limit contact with public.
Staff will live stream three times a week Tuesday – Thursday.
The Wood Center building will be closed to the public beginning on 7/15. We will continue the current to livestream schedule. The person responsible for the live stream will be in the office and phone calls will be forwarded to cellphones.
We have been in touch with everyone who has frequently visited the center to inform them of the closure and will send an email to the 400+ contacts that we have to inform them as well.
Main building closed to public. Restrooms remain open to the traveling public.
Assistance will be made through the door or via phone at 601-924-2221.
Mask and social distancing mandates
Based on the Governor's executive order, residents must adhere to the use of a mask or face covering in public, practice enhanced safety protocols, and observe additional limitations on social gatherings through September 14, 2020.
What does the mandate include?
Residents must adhere to the following orders:
- Everyone must wear face coverings when at public gatherings or in a shopping environment.
- People must maintain a 6-foot distance between themselves and others.
Businesses will be require to follow several new guidelines, including:
- All businesses are expected to take every step necessary to implement the regulations, orders, and guidance from the Mississippi State Department of Health and CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing and encouraging sick employees to stay home.
- All employees will be screened daily at the beginning of their shifts, including asking whether they have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have they had a fever in the last 48 hours.
- Based on their duties and responsibilities, employees who are unable to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others must wear a face covering throughout their shift, such as a face mask. Their face coverings must be cleaned or replaced daily.
- Hand sanitizer must be provided to all employees, which can include a hand rub or soap.
Retail locations must also follow these additional guidelines:
- Face coverings must be provided to all employees who come in direct contact with customers. Employees are required to wear that face covering throughout their shift and clean or replace daily.
- All customers must wear a face covering while inside the retail business.
- Hand sanitizer must be placed at all entrances, in or near bathrooms, and at cashier stations.
- Retail businesses are expected to make all efforts to maintain a 6-foot distance between customers at all times.
- Carts, baskets, and other similar surfaces touched by customers must be sanitized after each use. Other high-touch areas must be sanitized at least once every two hours.
Speaker Philip Gunn has had phone calls to his office forwarded to staff. If you need any help at all, please call 601-359-3300. Speaker Gunn has also set up an email address for you to ask questions or seek help. That address
Anyone with flu-like symptoms, especially those who are older or in poor health, should see a healthcare provider as a matter of general good health. Healthcare providers can assess individual cases which may need specific testing for COVID-19.
Prevention and Preparedness
Prevention for Individuals
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Protect Yourself and Others
Wear a mask in public places
All Mississippi residents should wear non-medical grade masks or homemade cloth face coverings when shopping, running errands, or otherwise away from home. Face covering is especially important when a distance of at least 6 feet cannot easily be maintained between persons. This recommendation does not include manufactured (surgical) or N95 masks, which should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.
Face coverings are now required in certain counties. More information »
- Practice social distancing whenever possible. Keep at least 6 feet apart from others when you are outside your home.
- Avoid large social gatherings and community events. Follow restrictions on indoor and outdoor gathering sizes. Details »
- If you are sick, especially with shortness of breath, severe cough, fever or severe chest pain, stay home, call a doctor or healthcare provider for instructions on how to visit them safely.
- If you have been tested for COVID-19, stay home and away from others until you get your test result. Learn more »
- If you are 65 or older, or in poor health, stay home as much as possible (see precaution below).
Practice Protective Hygiene
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. When possible, cough, sneeze or blow your nose into a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after coughing or sneezing, blowing your nose, and using the bathroom. Effective handwashing takes at least 20 seconds, and includes cleaning under fingernails, between fingers, and washing the back of hands as well as the front. More proper handwashing tips »
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often.
- Stay in good overall health by eating right and staying active. If you are living with diabetes, heart disease or other medical condition, keep in touch with your doctor and stay current with your treatment.
Back To Business Mississippi Grant Program
Mississippi Development Authority is now accepting applications for the Back To Business Mississippi Grant Program signed into law by Governor Tate Reeves. The grants will be used to help businesses in Mississippi with 50 or fewer employees recover from the economic impact of COVID-19, including operating expenses and salaries.
For more information, visit https://www.backtobusinessms.org/
Please note that MDA will never ask for credit card information. There is no fee to submit an application.
SBA Paycheck Protection Program
The SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis.
LOANS WILL BE FORGIVEN IF:
1. The loan proceeds are used to cover payroll costs, most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8-week period after the loan is made
2. Employee and compensation levels must be maintained. You have until June 30, 2020 to restore your full-time employment and salary levels for any changes made between February 15, 2020, and April 26, 2020
When can I apply? Starting April 3, 2020. FUNDS MOST LIKELY WILL RUN OUT BEFORE THE DEADLINE TO APPLY (JUNE 30, 2020)
Where can I apply? You can apply through any existing SBA lender
Who can apply? Any business with 500 or fewer employees can apply
What do I need to apply? Collateral or personal guarantee are not required. You will need to submit to your lender the following:
2. The required documentation to verify your payroll costs
How large can my loan be? Up to 2.25 times your monthly payroll with a $10 million cap
How much of my loan will be forgiven? You will owe money when your loan is due ONLY IF:
1. You do not maintain your staff and payroll
2. You use the loan amount for ANYTHING OTHER than payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8 weeks after getting the loan
How can I request loan forgiveness? You can submit a request to the lender that is servicing the loan. The lender must make a decision on the forgiveness of the loan within 60 days
What is my interest rate? 0.50% fixed interest rate
When do I need to start paying interest on my loan? All payments are deferred for 6 months
When is my loan due? In 2 years
Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury
Gabriel Prado | Director of Economic Development Department of Economic Development | City of Clinton, MS
Resources for Businesses
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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
As we continue to deal with the COVID-19, it is important that our businesses in Clinton are aware of the economic resources available for them to face our current situation. That being said, the Department of Economic Development for the City of Clinton wanted to share with you the information that was put out by the state regarding the “SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program” to support our local businesses. Please share this information with anyone that you think could benefit from it.
- Mississippi is working closely with the U.S. Small Business Administration to activate the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program so we can protect our small businesses and their communities. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
- In another effort to help Mississippi small businesses, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is urging small business owners to fill out and submit a coronavirus impact report. “We are collecting this information so that Mississippi may request an Economic Injury Declaration from the Small Business Administration to aid in the economic loss suffered as a result of the COVID-19 event,” MEMA said in a statement.
- Once the paperwork is completed, you can send it directly to the MEMA State Coordinating Officer at email@example.com. Questions can be sent to that email as well.
The Mississippi Public Service Commission has lifted their temporary ban on disconnection of utility services, including water services. All bills are currently due and accounts must be brought current.
Customers who have lost their employment due to COVID-19, are asked to please contact the Water Dept. to make a payment plan to bring their account current by August 19, 2020.
Please note that those accounts that were delinquent for January, February and March (prior to the PSC order suspending late fees and cutoff) must pay their past due amounts, plus the April and May bill to avoid disconnection of service. These bills are due by June 19, 2020 at 4:00 P.M.
Individuals who have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 panademic related to loss of employment in April and May are asked to contact the Water Dept at 601-924-2239 to arrange payment plans to bring their accounts current by August 19, 2020.
For the welfare of our customers and staff, please make every attempt to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing by utilizing the drop boxes (City Hall, Public Works, Municipal Annex) and the Drive-thru window at Public Works for your transactions.
Distance payment options:
- Dropboxes at City Hall, Municipal Annex and Public Works.
- Online at www.ClintonMS.org.
- Call 601-202-4382 to pay your bill through our automated water bill payment system. Customers wishing to utilize the service will need their account number.
Residents needing assistance with food, utility bills, and emotional care may contact these organizations.
Clinton Community Christian Corporation
The 4Cs provides emergency financial assistance, food, clothing, furniture, and other items, to families facing financial crisis. These include utility, rent, and prescription assistance. Website...
COVID related services: food, financial assistance, meal delivery.
Please call 601-924-9436 between 9 A.M. -5 P.M. to request assistance prior to visiting their office.
Second Harvest Food and Clothing Ministry
Second Harvest provides food, clothing, and counseling to residents of Hinds County two days a week.
Second Harvest is open Monday evenings at 4:30 P.M. and Wednesday mornings at 9:00 A.M. Second Harvest meets at Morrison Heights’ Missions Campus:
201 Morrison Drive
Clinton, MS 39056
For more information contact us at 601.925.6479.
Pinelake Church - Clinton Campus
The Care Center is a resource center where families in need can come to receive food and encouragement and hear about Christ. The Care Center offers food for families in need, but it's more than that, it's a place where you can find help and hope.
Open 1st and 3rd Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30 pm
201 Clinton Center Drive | Clinton, MS 39056
601.919.4134 | firstname.lastname@example.org
We have had to close our gym facilities to help keep our members safe during this time, especially our senior members.
The staff have been calling our Senior members and checking on them. We have been finding out if they need any assistance or if there are things they may need that the Y can provide for them. We are trying to keep contact at least twice a week.
The Clinton YMCA is the headquarters for the YMCA Food Program. We have 6-8 sites that we serve free meals to any child 18 and younger during the Summer Time. One of the sites is at the Clinton Y on the front porch. During this time of need we have started our Summer Feeding Program early.
The program started on March 23rd and will last until the Schools resume back. We offer free meals Monday through Friday 12 pm to 1 pm. Because of the current situation we are providing a grab n go method. The other locations are at Westside Park, Grove Park, Battlefield Park and Vergy P. Middleton Park in Jackson.
We have opened our Childcare center to full day service during this time. We have spots available. Hours are 7 am to 6 pm. Children receive am snack, a lunch and a pm snack. The childcare staff are tutoring the children and scheduling school work time so the children can make sure to stay on top of their work. The price is $107 for Y members and $137 for non Y members.
For more information please contact Sara Cothran at email@example.com or 601.926.9243
CPSD continues to update information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click here for their website and information updates.