JACKSON, Miss. — Governor Tate Reeves announced that he extended the social distancing measures under the Safe Return order with a few rules to relax restrictions as Mississippi flattens the curve on new COVID-19 cases.
While that sounds like a good thing, some in Clarksdale, which has been a COVID-19 hotspot, said it is too much too soon. They explained they are going to do exactly what they want to do, no matter what the governor puts in place or how he changes things.
Reeves announced businesses can go from 50 percent to 75 percent capacity.
Restaurants can go from six to ten people per table and gyms can stay open 24 hours.
Rafael Vergera, Miss. resident, wasn’t impressed. He isn’t sure it was going to make a difference.
“I think people are kind of where they are going to be, but it is the summer and the kids are back to school so I don’t know maybe they want to get out more, I’m not sure,” Vergera said.
Business owner Roger Stolle believed tourism was starting to pick back up but it shouldn’t increase too quickly.
“Personally It makes more nervous we need to really monitor what we are doing. The restaurants are doing a fabulous curbside service here, and the ones that are letting customers in are checking temperatures.” Stolle said.
Clarksdale activist Milton Gardner said the governor needs to practice what he preaches.
“The Governor was found in Washington DC and the state of New Jersey without a mask but before he left Mississippi he laid out a mandatory order that you must wear a mask in public places,” Gardner said.
Reeves extended the Safe Return Order until Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.
Executive Order No. 1522 here.
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