MISSISSIPPI — During a news conference Friday afternoon, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced that he is replacing the state’s “Shelter In Place” order with a new “Safer At Home” order.
The new order goes into effect Monday, April 27 at 8 a.m. and will remain in effect until Monday, May 11 at 8 a.m. There are several important changes for residents, small businesses, and workers.
The new order continues the ban on all non-essential gatherings of 10 or more.
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The state is allowing most businesses to reopen if they are following guidelines from health officials.
Many non-essential and higher risk businesses will not be allowed to reopen, including movie theaters, bars, museums, salons, gyms, clubs, spas, tattoo parlors, and barber shops. Those businesses can still sell supplies by phone or online.
Reeves asked for patience with those businesses that will remain closed saying “your day will come as soon as it is safe.”
Restaurants will still be limited to drive thru and take out service only.
Bars, schools, and casinos will all remain closed.
Retail stores that reopen can only operate to 50% capacity.
Governor Reeves praised Mississippians saying “You are winning. You are flattening the curve.”
All businesses must follow CDC and health department guidelines for reopening.
Governor Reeves also announced that evictions are prohibited across the state.
The order is in effect for the entire state and does not exclude any area of the state.
“There is no state order that can replace your common sense,” Reeves said.
The new order encourages all Mississippians to stay home if possible.
“Stay home. Stay safe. Stay smart.”
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