Some businesses reopening under MS governor’s new order

MISSISSIPPI — Many non-essential businesses across the state of Mississippi are back in business with the governor slowly lifting some restrictions.

House to Home in Southaven opened its doors Monday morning to everyone for the first time in weeks.

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You could see the parking lot was packed and the business was thriving.

“When I found out they were opening up today, I rushed on down here to get out the house,” said Dorothy Gary, a shopper.

Gary is a regular at House to Home in Southaven, often going home with a bag full of items.

“I had a good experience,” Gary said. “I always come here and do some shopping.”

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Across Mississippi, retailers opened their doors to the public for the first time since the state’s “Shelter in Place” order started April 1.

Last week, Governor Tate Reeves announced he would replace that order with a new safer at home order starting Monday morning.

“A lot of people are just doing the best they can with every bit of uncertainty that comes their way,” said Beth Davidson, a business owner. “Just plow through it and keep going.”

Under the new order, safety is key.

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Businesses must operate under 50-percent capacity, and owners must send home workers who are sick.

“I’m hoping more businesses open as things get better,” Gary said. “We don’t know what the new norm will be. So, we’re just hoping for the best.”

The “Safer at Home” order will remain in effect until May 11.