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FestivalSouth postponed until 2021; Best of the Pine Belt voting to continue

By JOSHUA WILSON,

The Hattiesburg Concert Association, which presents FestivalSouth, announced Wednesday that the festival has been canceled and that all events have been moved to 2021.

However, online voting in the Best of the Pine Belt awards, which are sponsored by Signature Magazine, will continue.



Barker issues executive order requiring essential employees to wear masks, enforce social distancing guidelines

By HASKEL BURNS,

Mayor Toby Barker has issued another executive order regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, this one stipulating that all employees of businesses in Hattiesburg - essential and non-essential - are required to wear a mask when working around the public or other employees.




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Barker sets customer limits at essential retail, closes certain non-essential stores to help slow coronavirus

By HASKEL BURNS,

With the cases of COVID-19 in the local community almost tripling over a three-day period – rising from five presumptive positive cases to 14 in Forrest County as of Tuesday night – Mayor Toby Barker has issued another executive order that limits the number of customers at Hattiesburg businesses such as grocery stores and pharmacies, and closes


Hattiesburg mayor orders restaurant dining rooms, entertainment venues to close; public gatherings limited to no more than 10 people

By JOSHUA WILSON,

Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker issued an executive order Saturday that shuts down restaurant dining rooms, closes entertainment venues and restricts public gatherings to no more than 10 people.

The executive order, 2020-2, goes into effect at midnight. It has the following provisions:


School officials: No closures, mass athletic event cancellations planned

By JOSHUA WILSON,

Local school districts are not planning closures or mass cancellations of athletic events at this time.

According to the Mississippi Department of Education, schools are required to consult state health officials – along with the county health department – to determine when it is appropriate to close a school.




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‘Saving Grace’

By BETH BUNCH,

Hub City residents are known for their kindness, generosity and looking out for one another. It happens all the time under a variety of circumstances. And in true Pine Belt fashion, it’s happened again, but in a way that has extended far beyond the confines of the Pine Belt.




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