Oktibbeha County is once again under a curfew, following a vote of the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors in its meeting Monday.

The board unanimously approved a midnignt-4 a.m. curfew for the county, lasting until the board’s next meeting on Sept. 14. Sheriff Steve Gladney requested the curfew in response to several large gatherings in the county over the past few weeks, saying they had made enforcement difficult for the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office. He said some of the “block parties” had drawn hundreds of people from as far away as Meridian and Pontotoc.

All state-level COVID-19 mandates remain in effect, including a statewide mask mandate and a maximum number of 10 people in an indoor setting and 20 people in an outdoor setting. The county enacted a similar curfew lasting from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. on April 6 as the pandemic began. The first curfew was allowed to expire on May 18.

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