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Published March 22nd, 2020

Civil Emergency/COVID-19 Measures

Executive Order of the Mayor, No: 2020-01

ORDERED by the Mayor and approved by the Board of Aldermen of Senatobia, Mississippi:

WHEREAS, the City of Senatobia has issued a Proclamation of Local Emergency on March 17, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and in cases of pandemic, leaders must make strategic and operational decisions.

WHEREAS, the City of Senatobia has conferred with other local leaders and has received further guidance from the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Greg Graves, Mayor of the City of Senatobia, pursuant to the authority vested in me by the State of Mississippi pursuant to Code Section 33-15-17(c)(7) and in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to make common sense policy and operational decisions to that end, hereby issue the following:

The following shall become effective at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2020 and shall remain in effect until further notice. Businesses allowed to remain open with restrictions:

(1) Restaurants – NO inside dining and NO outside dining shall be allowed. Pick-up, drive-thru and delivery only shall be allowed.

(2) Churches, other assemblies and gatherings – shall only be permitted with ten (10) or fewer people in attendance.

(3) All businesses that can continue to operate with ten (10) or fewer persons inside the location at one time, including patrons and employees, shall be allowed to remain open at this time following CDC guidelines.

(4) Essential Service Businesses: These shall include nursing homes, health clinics, drug stores, pharmacies, banks, grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, military installations, security and emergency response operations. These too must follow CDC and Mississippi Department of Health guidelines and implement safeguards to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus to the greatest extent possible. These businesses shall be allowed to have ten (10) or more persons inside the business as part of normal business operations.

(5) Funerals shall be limited to ten (10) or fewer people. Indoor services and viewings are allowed as long as ten (10) or fewer people are inside at one time. Graveside services are encouraged.

Businesses that shall close: Movie theaters, gyms, indoor recreation centers, and fitness centers are to close.

Mississippi Department of Health has not mandated childcare facilities to close at this time. They are being updated daily by Mississippi Department of Health and encouraged to follow all CDC and MSDH guidelines.

The Office of the Mayor of Senatobia reserves the right to issue further Executive Orders as the need arises, including penalties for violations of Executive Order No: 2020-01. Exemptions may be provided for any business that can comply with CDC and MSDH guidelines.

This policy shall be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Aldermen on April 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

This the 22nd day of March, 2020.

Greg Graves, Mayor


Published March 18th, 2020


The City of Senatobia continues to monitor the Coronavirus Pandemic. We will continue to update our face book page regarding impacts to the City of Senatobia as this situation evolves.

At this time, all city departments are fully staffed and the city is operating under its normal business hours. Our primary focus is to maintain a safe workplace and encourage and adopt practices to protect the health of all employees, customers, visitors and others. We want to ensure the continuity of business operations while minimizing the threat of COVID-19 spreading in our community.

The majority of the walk-in service is customers wanting to pay their utility bills, court fines and building permits. There are many ways to pay these bills without visiting City Hall or the police department including dropping off a payment in the night depository on the south side of City Hall next to the Police Department and on our website at

There are also several ways to apply for a privilege license and building permit. You can apply on our website at Residents or contractors with questions should call (662) 562-4474.

Below are details to conduct city business remotely via phone, drop box or online.

Business Office
Phone: (662) 562-4474
Court Fines: (662) 562-5057
Utility Bills: (662) 562-5251


Published March 15th, 2020

The City of Senatobia is going to do everything we can to join together with the city and county schools, Tate County and the State of Mississippi Health officials to be a good partner as we all deal with a worldwide pandemic. City officials are in contact with the Mississippi Department of Health, the CDC and MEMA.

This pandemic affects our community at so many difference levels. It affects our daily life as we can't help but be anxious about the health issues citizens might face. It has the potential of affecting our work force and families as they decide how to manage childcare if closures of schools are needed and the effects on our economy will be felt immediately.

It is a good public health policy to cancel certain events, but the city encourages everyone to continue to support our small businesses during this time, but please do so responsibly. They need us now more then ever.

Our first concern remains the public safety of our residents. We encourage you to be diligent about washing your hands, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and covering your mouth and nose during coughs and sneezes. We encourage you to stay home if you feel sick. Although, this virus may not be detrimental to you if you are young and healthy, we need to be extra cautious not to keep exposing others.

We have received numerous questions about cancellations of schools and events. The Senatobia, Magnolia and Tate County School Districts will alert us if school closures are required.

The Mississippi Department of Health has activated the MS COVID-19 hotline to answer questions from the general public from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. The hotline number is 1-877-978-6453. For up to date info, call hotline or check the MSDH website at //

As of 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2020, there are no known cases in Senatobia or Tate County.

The City of Senatobia.

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