Starting Monday morning, Gov. Tate Reeves is lifting some of the more strict bans put in place under his former “shelter-in-place” order.
At a press conference on April 24, Reeves announced that he was putting in effect a “safer at home order.”
The order goes into effect Monday at 8 a.m., and will be in place for two weeks. Municipalities may continue to place stricter rules in place, under provisions of the measure.
Reeves' order lifts some restrictions on some retail businesses, lifts some restrictions on elective medical procedures and gives residents more freedom to leave their homes.
Reeves likened the order to a "dimming switch," which doesn't fully turn the economy on light a light switch, but does it slowly like a dimmer switch.
The order urges Mississippians to remain home but lifts the shelter-in-place order issued earlier this month.
It continues to urge the most vulnerable to the virus to continue to stay at home, including the elderly, those with pre-existing conditions and those who have compromised immune systems.
“You still have to be smart. You are still responsible for your safety and the safety of your loved ones,” he said. “You have to make the best decisions for you and your family.”
Reeves’ measure also lifts some bans some businesses, including retailers, as long as they follow Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) and Mississippi State Department of Health guidelines.
Under provisions, retail businesses may reopen, but must reduce capacity to 50 percent of previous numbers. Additionally, businesses are being urged to require employees to wear masks, screen employees for symptoms and require employees and customers to practice social distancing measures.
Common areas where patrons gather must remain closed.
On top of that, amusement parks, entertainment venues, movie theaters, bars, museums, gyms, tattoo parlors and barber shops must remain shuttered.
However, those shops may provide curbside sales.
Casinos also will remain closed. The Mississippi Gaming Commission has been in contact with Reeves regarding plans to safely reopen casinos, but no decision to reopen had been made at the time of the conference.
“I know it’s not enough, but hopefully it will help keep the lights on,” Reeves said.
The governor said more details about medical procedures would be released soon.
Meanwhile, Mississippi continues to fall well short of number of people expected to be infected by the virus.
At this time, experts predicted more than 8,000 people would be in the hospital as a result of the virus, while 1,356 would be in ICU's, and 1,085 people would be on ventilators.
Today, 401 people are in the hospital as a result of the virus; 148 are in the ICU and 74 on ventilators, he said.
Eight people have died, compared to the 90 that were predicted for today.
Click on the link to read a copy of the order: https://www.northsidesun.com/sites/default/files/2020-04/executive%20order.pdf