COVID-19 Schedule Updates


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School closures:

• All of the state’s public schools are closed by order of the governor until April 17.

• Beginning March 23, all William Carey University classes will be delivered in an online format.

• Beginning March 30, Pearl River Community College classes will be delivered in an online format.

• Beginning March 30, all University of Southern Mississippi classes will be delivered in an online format.

• Sacred Heart Catholic School is physically closed through April 17. Distance learning will be in place.

Business closures:

• African American Military History Museum

• Dixie Electric Power Association will close the lobbies at its three locations as of Monday, March 23. The drive-thru windows will remain open.

• Grand Theatre

• Hattiesburg Zoo

• Lake Terrace Convention Center

• Lamar County Library System

• Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County

• Orangetheory Fitness

• Saenger Theater

• Turtle Creek Mall

• University of Southern Mississippi is closed to the public

Business hour changes:

• Dollar General stores will close an hour earlier than their normal times.

• Walmart stores, including both stores in Hattiesburg and the one in Petal, will operate from 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. daily.

Restaurant closures:

• Asian Cafe

• Blu Jazz Cafe

• Branch

• Brass Hat

• Crescent City Grill

• Ed's Burger Joint


• Izote

• Keg and Barrel West

• Mahogany Bar

• Midtown Donut

• Movie Star Restaurant

• Mugshots Grill & Bar

• Patio 44 Coastal Seafood & Steaks

• Pho Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine

• Purple Parrot

• South Mouth Deli

• The Crab House

• The Depot

• The Midtowner

• The Porter

• Thirsty Hippo

Event cancellations:

• “Bricks In The Wall: The Sight & Sound of Pink Floyd” at the Saenger Theater

• ADP Legislative Forum, Business After Hours and Accelerate events

• DAR “If Tombstones Could Talk” tour of Oaklawn Cemetery

• Downtown Crawfish Jam in Hattiesburg

• Gulf Wars XXIX

• Habitat “FORE” Humanity Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity

• HattiesBARK Pet Parade & Block PAWty

• Hattiesburg Arts Council’s fine arts reception for William Baggett and Lynne Joddrell Baggett and their coffee talk

• Hattiesburg Farmers Market grand opening


• Irish-Italian Festival

• Live @ Five

• Purple Parrot Wine Festival

• Si Robertson Sporting Clay Shoot, a fundraiser for Homes of Hope for Children

• Small Farmers Conference by Alcorn State University Extension Program

• Spirit of Women Spring event featuring Lacey Chabert

• USM graduation ceremonies in May

• William Carey University Homecoming festivities

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