JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) — Governor Tate Reeves announced Tuesday a shelter-in-place order for Lauderdale County in hopes of stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
Lauderdale County is where Meridian is located.
Reeves said it would start at 10 p.m. Tuesday and last until Apri 14.
He added the decision came at the recommendation of state health officials and expected more such orders to be issued.
Lauderdale County has seen a sudden spike in coronavirus cases in recent days. On Tuesday, the state reported 35 cases in that county.
"This is the first of many actions that will come as a result of our 'Identify and Isolate' strategy to protect Mississippi’s health care system from being overwhelmed,” he said.
Here are the guidelines of the shelter-in-place in Lauderdale County, including:
- Individuals are to stay at home except for the limited allowances in the executive order.
- When outside of their homes, people must follow social distancing guidelines by maintaining a 6-foot distance from others and avoid groups of 10 or more.
- Evictions are suspended, though people are still required to pay any rent or make any mortgage payments.
- All nonessential businesses are to stop all activities other than those necessary for minimum operations (e.g. payroll, health insurance, security) and enabling employees to work from home.
- Social and other non-essential gatherings in groups of more than 10 people must be canceled or rescheduled.
- Restaurants and bars may only remain open for drive-thru, curbside, and/or delivery service.
- People may leave their homes only to perform essential activities, such as caring for someone in the vulnerable population, getting food or necessary supplies, and working for an essential business.
- Individual outdoor recreation is encouraged, but not group recreation or activities such as soccer or basketball games.
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