Northsiders could soon have a little extra protection from the coronavirus, thanks to the city of Jackson and Cathead Distillery.
Leaders announced recently that the city would be installing hand sanitizer stations across Jackson, including at Corner Market at Maywood Mart, Fondren and Belhaven.
The stations were going in on the afternoon of March 30, according to city officials. Sanitizer will be held in large 55-gallon drums.
Officials were asking residents to limit themselves to 12 ounces of sanitizer for personal use.
Twelve ounces is the size of a traditional soda can.
The sanitizer will be free to the public.
Residents using stations are being asked to continue practicing social distancing measures, and stay at least six feet away from others.
The sanitizer was made by Jackson-based Cathead Distillery.
“We learned how eight days ago how to make hand sanitizer. Our team has been working tirelessly to produce over 42 tons over the last week to serve critical care, like hospitals and nursing homes, and critical care businesses, like Entergy,” said Cathead co-founder Richard Patrick. “The key component is alcohol and we have plenty of that.”
News comes as stores continue to report a run on sanitizing products amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba praised Cathead’s effort, calling the firm an integral part of the Jackson community.
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Meanwhile, the mayor said that he will be stepping up enforcement of the city's ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, including cutting the power to nightclubs and other venues that remain open.
Lumumba issued an executive order in mid-March. Among bans, the city has ordered all restaurants and nightclubs closed. Restaurants are now limited to take out and delivery services only.
"You can expect more strict protocols in place later this week," Lumumba said.