A proposal to implement a curfew in the capital city is off the table.
At a special called meeting on April 15, Ward Four Councilman De'Keither Stamps pulled his proposal to implement a temporary city-wide curfew in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Ward One Councilman Ashby Foote, who did not support the proposal, said Stamps pulled the measure after a brief discussion, and after learning that he did not have the votes to pass it.
"There is not an appetite among the council to do something in addition" to the orders already in place, Foote said.
Currently, the city and state are under shelter-in-place orders, one issued by Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and one issued by Gov. Tate Reeves.
Lumumba, who also was opposed to the curfew, said the orders are more stringent than the curfew would have been.
For his part, Stamps argued that a curfew would be easier to understand than the orders, which have different rules and definitions for essential and non-essential businesses, as well as rules regarding essential and non-essential travel.
Lumumba's order is expected to be lifted Friday, April 17, while Reeves' is slated to expire Monday, April 20. It was not known whether the mayor's order would be extended. Reeves said at a press conference on April 14 that he would make a decision about his order this week.