Gilich: Let’s aim to open churches, safely

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who has long said he thinks people want to have a meal in a restaurant and a chance to go to church, said he hopes places of worship can open in Biloxi two weeks from today.

The mayor set the goal of May 23-24 after meeting on Friday with a host of clergy members, including Bishop Louis Kihneman of the Catholic Diocese of Biloxi and leaders of Baptist, Episcopalian, Pentecostal and other congregations.

“Our goal continues to be moving forward, safely and responsibly,” Gilich said after the meeting. “I think the clergy members are all sensitive to that and they want to all do the right thing. We’ll be meeting once more before May 23-24 just to make sure everyone has a good plan for their particular congregation.”

Gilich has had similar meetings over the past several weeks to review the city’s Opening Up Biloxi Again guidelines. He’s met with retailers, hair stylists, restaurateurs, attractions operators, and a host of others individually.

Today, the Mississippi State Department of Health reports 288 new coronavirus cases statewide and 12 new deaths in the past 24 hours. In Harrison County, five new cases were reported.

The Be Prepared report today also features a 12-minute documentary about the Biloxi Lighthouse, narrated by the late Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America 1959, actress and Biloxi native. The Be Prepared report, by the way, will transition to a Monday-through-Friday schedule next week.
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