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.