Oxford enters Phase Two of reopening, increasing occupancy rates

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OXFORD, Miss. — The City of Oxford voted over the weekend to take one more step toward normalcy.

The City allowed businesses and restaurants to open their doors to more customers and many business owners said it’s a move in the right direction.

In a number of businesses in Oxford on Monday they were allowing almost double what they were on occupancy on Sunday.

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The mask rule still stands. Workers and customers still have to wear a mask inside Oxford businesses. The six-foot social distancing rules are still in place, too.

But where things have opened up is with the occupancy. It's gone from 30 percent to 50 percent.

“I think at even our prior rate I think we could have had 85 people in here at one time. I hope that we would have 85 people in here but making it larger for everybody and that includes us,” said Lane Wilson.

While you still have to wear a mask in restaurants if you get up from the table, many said the increased capacity is a good thing.

“Absolutely people are ready to get out, and we have had a big increase in the number of people coming to oxford, and the restaurants are getting back open and things are getting back up and running,” said Jane Cross.

Also, outdoor gatherings have gone up from twenty people to fifty people and public swimming pools can have a maximum of fifty people as well.

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