JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Gov. Tate Reeves has signed a statewide Shelter-In-Place order, he announced Wednesday afternoon.
He said the order will go into effect Friday at 5 p.m. and will remain in effect until Monday, April 20 at 8 a.m.
Mississippians are to stay home unless for essential needs, like work and food.
He laid out the guidelines of the statewide shelter-in-place order:
- 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 cancelled 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.
All places of amusement and recreation, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limed to amusement parks and rides, museums, playgrounds, children’s party and play facilities, all parks including all beaches, lakes and reservoirs (but not including walking trails), movie theaters, bowling alleys, and social clubs shall be closed to the public.
WTVA spoke with Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton about his thoughts on the governor's order.
"I want to thank Governor Reeves for taking decisive and uniform action today; it will save lives across the state of Mississippi. I've been critical of the governor, but I wanna give credit where credit is due," Shelton said.