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Friday, March 13, 2020

On behalf of the Jones County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, we want to share with you that the health and safety of our members and entire community remain our top priorities. Due to the concern and precautionary measures already being taken to control the spread of COVID-19, the Chamber is suspending all of our meetings and events through the end of March. We will continue to monitor this unprecedented situation and reference the advice of our government agencies and elected officials as decisions are made about Chamber meetings and events scheduled for April and beyond.

Our staff will continue to be available to serve you, and we encourage you to call, 601-649-3031 or 601-335-4828, or e-mail our team,, with any questions, issues or inquiries.

As employers, no matter your size, we understand that there will be an added burden on your businesses due to the impact of COVID-19. There are many resources available to assist you in developing strategies to protect your workforce while ensuring continuity of operations. Please review the links below provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which are based on information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We also will continue to share relevant resources with you as they become available.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Chamber, and if there is anything that we can do to support you during this time, please let us know.

Additional Resources

(updated 3/21/20)



Business Assistance Programs


The Chamber has set up a public group on Facebook where restaurants are posting updates to their hours and adjusted services.
Click HERE to join and follow the group.

Main Attraction Updates

(as of 3/23/20)

  • Lauren Rogers Museum of Art: The Museum is officially closed to the public beginning Friday, March 20 until further notice.
  • Historic District Walking Tour: The Museum has posted the Walking Tours maps outside for easy access. This is a beautiful time of year to take a stroll through Laurel’s historic downtown while practicing social distancing.
  • Veteran’s Memorial Museum: closed until March 27
  • Landrum’s Homestead: temporarily closed
  • Laurel Mercantile & Scotsman General Store: as of 3/20/20: We will open for business today in line with the standards as described by our governor, but at the close of business today, we will cease all in-store operations with hopes to reopen as soon as safely possible.
  • Laurel-Jones County Library System: Closed until further notice
  • Bok Homa Casino: Temporarily closed and will resume all operations April 1, 2020.
  • YWCO of Laurel: As of Monday 3/23/20 we have made the decision to cancel any groups or clubs meeting in more than 10. Any groups of 10 or less will need to use social distancing of 6ft apart. We will re-evaluate weekly to make any adjustments.

Jones County Emergency Operations Center

Updates on Jones County government agencies, departments and services.
Facebook Page | Modified Operations & Updates

South Central Regional Medical Center

March 23 Update RE: Testing Locations

From the City of Laurel – Update on City Facilities & Meetings

Statement from Mayor Magee – March 18, 2020

From the Jones County Board of Supervisors

Please consider conducting business by telephone, email or regular mail of possible.

  • Chancery Clerk – (601) 428-0527
  • Chancery Court – (601) 428-3623
  • Circuit Clerk – (601) 425-2556
  • Circuit Court – (601) 428-4572
  • Board of Supervisors – (601) 428-3139
  • Tax Assessor/Collector – (601) 426-3248

Jones County & Laurel City School District Updates

Governor Tate Reeves orders all Mississippi public schools to remain closed until April 17. Video announcement and details HERE.

  • The Laurel School District will begin offering free grab and go meals to any child from ages 0-18 on Monday, March 23, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Laurel Middle School and Laurel High School car rider lanes. Meals will be given out weekly, Monday – Friday. A child must be present to receive a meal. [Click here for more information]


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  • Coronavirus Webpage
  • Additional Information Available HERE