Navy bases in South Mississippi have lengthy been a mainstay and demanding to our total financial system, particularly throughout COVID shutdowns contemplating our native bases rely on the federal funds, which was already set, leading to extra stability for our space throughout and because the nation comes again from the pandemic.
They’re used to touring the world, however even the Seabees have been quarantined for a lot of the previous 12 months, below essentially the most restrictive ranges of drive safety, to assist in the combat towards COVID.
Just some days in the past, the Seabees got the inexperienced mild to ease a few of the base’s Coronavirus restrictions. Commanding Officer Captain Jeff Powell stated, “Late Friday evening we had been notified that we may transfer to a lesser well being safety situation to open up extra freedoms, and fewer restrictions for our sailors right here and that was welcome information.”
Excellent news travels quick, particularly at a small-town barbershop. Charlie Molesworth with Ray’s Barbershop stated, “It’s nice for us as a result of these army individuals get their hair reduce each week or two. We’ve truly been anticipating this. I’ve truly employed some new assist right here anticipating the push.”
Molesworth served greater than seven years within the U.S. army. He serves his nation now armed with new tools, shearing scissors and a comb, at Ray’s Barbershop in Lengthy Seaside.
He’s excited to see the Seabees swarm again to South Mississippi companies and particularly the assistance they’ll contribute to getting native enterprise homeowners get again on their toes after COVID reduce into their backside line. “The Seabees carry quite a bit to the native financial system. Hopefully, with this new-found freedom they’ve, we’ll see an uptick in some companies round right here.”
“The largest distinction is dine-in eating places. We weren’t capable of exit to eat. It was all take-out earlier than Friday evening. We had been additionally not capable of do non-essential procuring. Folks had been additionally not capable of go to sports activities actions, upcoming graduations. That was a priority of our sailors. Now, at the least for proper now, they’re able to exit and make the most of these items. It’s an excellent high quality of life increase.”
Whereas various COVID restrictions have been lifted on the base, Seabee leaders nonetheless stress the significance of social distancing and taking different security measures. “All people has to do their half. We’re doing that on base. You’ll see us extra out on the town. We’re completely satisfied to be right here.”