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JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi is asking churches across the state to ring their church bells each evening as Mississippians remain cooped in their homes to protect others from the coronavirus.
Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said Friday that churches should ring their bells for 1 minute at 6 p.m. every day beginning Monday, April 6 through the end of the statewide shelter-in-place on Monday, April 20.
He said Mississippians can ring their bells from their front porches.
He said this unifying action is in recognition of healthcare workers and in prayer for people who are sick.
Earlier this week, Gov. Tate Reeves signed the shelter-in-place order, also known as a stay-at-home order. He wants Mississippians to stay in their homes unless for essential needs, like food and work.
With fewer people out and about, he hopes this will slow the spread of the virus.
The stay-at-home order goes into effect Friday, April 3 at 5 p.m. and will remain in effect until Monday, April 20 at 8 a.m.