Executive order limits gatherings, defines essential services

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Governor Tate Reeves has signed a new executive order aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

The Governor has remained adamant that there will not be a statewide lockdown in Mississippi, and the order mirrors recommendations made by the CDC and the Mississippi State Department of Health. 

“We know that every action we take has unintended consequences. Every action echoes throughout our communities, affecting thousands of peoples’ ability to earn a living, thousands of families, and hundreds of thousands of lives. These decisions have been among the hardest of my career,” Reeves said.

The key points in the executive order can be seen below. 

  • Mississippians must avoid non-essential gatherings of 10 people or more.
  • Suspending dine-in services at restaurants and bars across the state, instructing them to use drive-thru, take-out, or delivery services to get people food.
  • Mississippians must not to visit hospitals, nursing homes, or long-term care facilities.
  • Directing businesses to allow every employee possible to work from home.
  • Defining essential businesses to give clear guidance to partners at the local level and ensure no essential services are closed.

Essential Businesses were defined as the following:

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