Gov. Tate Reeves announced today that he was extending the state’s shelter-in-place for one week as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in Mississippi. The original order was set to expire on Monday.
“Right now, I have to ask you for one more week,” Reeves said. “One more week of vigilance. One more week of sheltering in place. And then we can begin to reopen our state.”
Reeves spoke about the financial hardship caused by the outbreak, noting that government resources have not kept up with demand.
“There is no replacement for paid work,” Reeves said. “There is no replacement for providing for yourself and your family. We’ve pumped trillions into our economy and many small businesses are about to fold. I want this to end as quickly as possible.”
The lockdown on non-essential businesses is easing some, with extended options for drive-thru, curbside, and delivery services now available for industries including clothing, florists, or sporting good stores. Lakes and beaches will also be able to reopen.
The new order will be in effect Monday at 8 a.m.