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Curfew lifted, recycling to begin again on June 3

Picayune’s curfew, which prohibited people from being out between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., was lifted Monday morning and recycling services are expected to resume starting June 3. The city is following the state’s lead on COVID-19 related restrictions and has no restrictions that are different from state restrictions, said City Manager Jim Luke.

Luke said instituting a curfew, which went into effect April 1, was in line with the neighboring cities of Slidell, Gulfport and Biloxi.

“We have kids that are out of school, there were more people on the streets after hours and we just thought it was the safest thing to do,” said Luke.

Poplarville and Pearl River County never put COVID-19 related curfews in place.

Luke said he does not think it is too soon for Governor Tate Reeves to gradually reopen the state, and he believes people in the community are using common sense to stay safe.

“We’re just glad everything is starting to open back up. We’re happy about that,” said Luke.

Reeves’ newest order allowed gyms, barbershops and salons to reopen Monday.

Public Works Director Eric Morris said curbside recycling services provided by the city’s waste collection company, Coastal Environmental Services, will resume on June 3.

Morris said the service was temporarily suspended due to a driver shortage.

When the service resumes, the route and collection day will go back to the way things were prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.