Gov. Tate Reeves said today that the state will make final decisions about the current shelter-in-place order within the next 36 to 48 hours.
“We will take the position that every business is essential to the person that works there, and that it is certainly essential to the small business owners who employ those individuals,” Reeves said.
The current order expires on April 27.
Reeves said it was too early to provide a definitive statement on what the order will look like, but that they will rely on data from various industries, while taking a localized approach, either regionally or on a county-by-county basis.
“I do not think there is a high probability that we will extend the shelter-in-place in its entirety,” Reeves added. “As we look at various regions, industries, its fair to say we will continue to loosen restrictions from state government with respect to shelter-in-place.”
The recovery will likely be rolled out, much as the original order was as it was put in place.
“We were slower than most, intentionally so, and I would argue correctly so, in putting the shelter-in-place order in effect,” Reeves said. “We took measures throughout that process, which eased us into it. I think what you will see over the next two, three, four weeks is measures that incrementally get us out of it.”
As for restaurants, Reeves hasn’t made a final decision on how or when they will be able to open.