In Meridian, many people are glad to see low gas prices during the coronavirus pandemic– and some aren’t.
According to AAA, the national gas price average is 20 cents less than it was in the beginning of the month.
COVID-19 has impacted gas prices due to the decreased global demand.
Some residents are viewing the low pump prices to be a positive –during this challenging time for many.
“It’s lovely, you know, I been riding through here the last couple of days and every time I come through –its lower and lower. I mean, $1.63, it ain’t been that in a while”, said Jaquez Robinson.
“It’s a blessing, yea, and I’m trying to keep my tank on full at all time, because we don’t know what’s going to happen”, said Laurenda Williams.
One-woman shares, that although she loves the low prices, she hates the impact it will have on some people’s jobs.
“I love them, I think they’re great for us, but for the oilmen, they ain’t no good, ‘cause I’ve got people that live in Louisiana and they all off work right now, so I hate it for them, because the gas prices here are –especially right now, they’re perfect, with everything going on these prices are perfect, my word –but not for the oil men”, said Laquetia Minchew.
Another resident tells Twin States, that he doesn’t like the prices because he believes that in the end –the result will be negative for everyone.
“I don’t like them, I used to work in the oil field and I got a bunch of friends that work in the oil field and to me personally, if they keep looking like this they going to be jobless and they got families and stuff to feed, honestly, and it ain’t looking good, honestly, but the bad part about it is will all this virus and stuff going around –if they start shutting down rigs, we’re on a limit supply—a limited supply of gas and diesel. So, it’s going to be back up and it’s going to be really high. So, it’s not going to be any good, honestly”, said Evan Dyess.
AAA’S website also states, that gas prices are likely to continue to remain low in Mississippi and Alabama, and other states in the south and southeast, due to market uncertainties associated with the coronavirus.