JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has extended the state’s safe return order and placed limitations on K-12 extracurricular activities.
He extended the social distancing measures an additional two weeks until Monday, Aug. 31 at 8 a.m.
He placed an attendance cap on all K-12 extracurricular activities, such as football and band concerts, to no more than two spectators per participant.
Each extracurricular event must have a dedicated safety officer to ensure all social distancing measures are followed as well.
"Sports and these other activities are instrumental in the lives of our young Mississippians. They teach discipline and responsibility in a way that can’t be replicated," Reeves said. "That said, we are living through a pandemic. One of my greatest concerns heading into this school season has been sports and those other events which cause the community to come out in crowds. Twenty-two players on a field is not going to overwhelm a local hospital. Two thousand people in a small school’s bleachers might."