Local business owners react to new 'safer in place' mandate

Friday afternoon Governor Tate Reeves relaxed restrictions on non-essential businesses in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Apr 24, 2020 7:45 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2020 7:04 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)- Friday afternoon, Governor Tate Reeves relaxed restrictions on non-essential businesses in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Caron gallery owner, Kim Caron, says she's ready for her business to reopen.

“We never have more than 5 to 6 or 7 people in here at a time,” said Caron.

Reeves announced the state’s shelter in place order will expire Monday morning, as the state starts taking steps towards safely reopening.

Part of the new mandate says businesses that can practice social distancing will be allowed to open.

But businesses like casinos, theaters, bars and museums must remain closed.

Caron says she’s taking the news in stride, but Downunder International Pub owner Kris Del Grande says he would prefer to open under more strict safety guidlines.

"I would limit it to 40 people in your restaurant. We can also do a scan, a touch less scan of your temperature. So, if your temp is 98.5 you’re good, come on in,” said Del Grande.

He says news of the shutdown extension now has him worried about his employees welfare.

“They applied for unemployment back in March. They call, they can’t get through. Not one of them has got a check yet,” said Del Grande.

The order still bans non-essential gatherings larger than 10 people and limits restaurants to drive through, carryout and delivery services only.

Locals say they are looking for the light at the end of the tunnel.

“Just interaction with the rest of the world and being able to get out and do things,” said resident Charlotte Loftin.

The mandate also says that businesses that can’t avoid contact like gyms, salons, spas and tattoo parlors are to remain closed.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 343505

Reported Deaths: 7543
CountyCasesDeaths
Hinds23932444
DeSoto23229283
Harrison20527329
Rankin15411291
Jackson15232252
Madison10959227
Lee10719179
Jones9047169
Forrest8723159
Lauderdale7884244
Lowndes7054151
Lamar702989
Lafayette6548124
Washington5595139
Pearl River5196152
Bolivar4954134
Oktibbeha494398
Panola4771112
Warren4728128
Marshall4701106
Pontotoc447773
Union433279
Monroe4330137
Neshoba4281181
Hancock428088
Lincoln4176116
Pike3667113
Leflore3627125
Tate353388
Alcorn350974
Sunflower347694
Scott341176
Adams340988
Yazoo339376
Copiah324968
Simpson322891
Itawamba314680
Coahoma314085
Tippah306568
Prentiss298863
Covington293484
Leake285475
Marion284181
Wayne277543
George272251
Grenada269488
Newton262364
Tishomingo239770
Winston236784
Jasper230648
Stone229637
Attala226373
Chickasaw219060
Holmes200174
Clay197654
Clarke186880
Tallahatchie183742
Calhoun181332
Smith179235
Yalobusha171540
Walthall145748
Lawrence142826
Greene140134
Amite137543
Noxubee135235
Perry133538
Montgomery133044
Carroll126431
Webster121232
Jefferson Davis116734
Tunica114227
Benton106725
Claiborne105331
Kemper102429
Humphreys100133
Franklin87923
Quitman84719
Choctaw82619
Wilkinson78032
Jefferson71328
Sharkey51618
Issaquena1736
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 587405

Reported Deaths: 11536
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson853851591
Mobile48932864
Madison37517533
Shelby27280257
Tuscaloosa27171465
Montgomery26172627
Baldwin25399329
Lee17224181
Calhoun15401334
Morgan15170291
Etowah14954370
Marshall13116235
Houston12077293
Elmore10915219
St. Clair10763252
Limestone10725158
Cullman10546205
Lauderdale10255254
DeKalb9508192
Talladega8949188
Walker7793288
Autauga7563114
Jackson7400117
Blount7362139
Colbert6703142
Coffee6365132
Dale5650117
Russell480243
Chilton4771117
Covington4749125
Franklin458181
Tallapoosa4519156
Escambia441383
Chambers3949125
Dallas3743163
Clarke371263
Marion3463107
Pike332579
Lawrence3263100
Winston298773
Bibb290465
Geneva283983
Marengo262467
Barbour250961
Pickens245562
Butler240872
Hale235578
Fayette227065
Henry213945
Monroe202141
Randolph201144
Cherokee199248
Washington185239
Macon170552
Crenshaw168358
Clay166259
Cleburne161345
Lamar151038
Lowndes145455
Wilcox132331
Bullock126542
Conecuh121332
Coosa118329
Perry110528
Sumter110333
Greene99137
Choctaw64425
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