TYLERTOWN — Town officials joined many of their brethren statewide on Tuesday night in declaring a state of emergency and establishing a curfew for residents.

The curfew starts at 9 p.m. each night and continues to 5 a.m. each morning.

City Clerk Lori Hawn said the state of emergency was enacted due to “the risk to the health and safety of inhabitants and the general public” from the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Wednesday, Walthall County was reported to have 15 cases of COVID-19 by the state Department of Health, with no deaths attributed to the virus.

In addition to the state of emergency, town hall has been closed to the public, though Hawn and her deputies are still working each day, she said.

Residents may pay bills by mail, telephone or dropbox.

Other city facilities have also been closed, including Southwest Event Center, a public playground and most of Holmes Water Park. The walking trail at the water park remains open.

In other business, the board approved a change order for its sewer installation project along U.S. 98.

The sewer project is part of a larger improvement scheme to prepare land along the highway’s north frontage for business development.

The change order extends the sewer installation northward to 31 acres owned by the county and targeted for industrial development.

Board members also declared four items to be surplus property.

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