Coronavirus: Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves issues “Shelter In Place” order for the entire state

MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed a “Shelter In Place” order for the entire state Wednesday afternoon.

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The order will go into effect starting Friday, April 3 at 5:00 p.m. and be in place until further notice.

The order is similar to one issued for Lauderdale County on Tuesday. Grocery stores and other essential operations as defined in previous executive orders will stay open.

Prohibited activities include gatherings of 10 or more people. Any place of recreation or amusement - such as museums, amusement parks, lakes, theaters, social clubs, bowling alleys - will be closed. Walking trails will remain open.

“This will not be easy for anyone, but we believe it is the right course of action,” Governor Reeves said during the signing of the order. “We know there are still many who do not have healthy fear of this virus. They are wrong, and they are risking lives.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, Mississippi had 1,073 confirmed cases with 22 deaths.

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Desoto County leads our area with 94 cases and one death.

On Monday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee ordered the closure of all nonessential businesses statewide in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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