Oxford keeps strict COVID-19 restrictions

WATCH: Oxford keeps strict COVID-19 restrictions

OXFORD, Miss. — The City of Oxford has chosen to keep strict COVID-19 restrictions after Governor Tate Reeves lifted some restrictions earlier this week.

The updated mandate said as many as 100 people could attend outdoor social gatherings if there is social distancing in place.

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Oxford allows 25 people to be at an outdoor gathering whether there is social distancing or not.

“You know I think that is actually very good because I was looking at a New York Times article and we were like number two in the metro area and I want to say the cases keep rising because kids are throwing parties, so I don’t think it is going to get better any time soon, so they may have to get stricter than what it is,” said Erin Pennington, an Ole Miss graduate student.

Some students said the $100 fine for violating the social gathering ordinance is too little because before many parties happen, students pay money to whoever throws it just in case the police show up.

“If there are enough people at the party everyone will just chip in at that point and it’s almost like you went to the bars and paid a cover and for drinks it would be the same,” said Avery Wambs, student.

Since August 5, Oxford PD has written almost 50 tickets for violating the social gathering ordinance and even as strict as it is some students think it needs to be stricter.