JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Gov. Tate Reeves extended Mississippi's stay-at-home order for another week, he announced Friday morning.
Reeves said he had hoped Friday, April 17 would have been the right time to ease the stay-at-home order. However, now is not the right time to do so, he said.
"We are still in the eye of the storm," he said.
The governor met with President Donald Trump and the nation's other governors on Thursday to discuss the United State's plan to re-open the economy. The president is giving states the freedom to make their own decisions on the re-opening process.
The governor shared that he has been advised by state and local officials that they can safely enforce social distancing rules on Mississippi’s lakes and beaches. This executive order allows them to re-open for individual fishing and relaxing.
Second, the governor announced that “non-essential” businesses could start making curbside, delivery, or drive-thru sales.
“Clothing stores, florists, or athletic goods can do safe sales. If a salon or other business wants to safely sell their excess supplies to stay afloat, they can do that. Call ahead or order online, then safely pick it up. I wish I could open it all back up for everyone. I can’t do it without harming even more people. But we believe that we can safely do this."
The statewide stay-at-home order went into effect the afternoon of Friday, April 3, and it was to remain in effect until Monday, April 20 at 8 a.m. However, the extension, which went into effect at 8 a.m. on Monday, pushes the expiration date to April 27.