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Tate Clarifies and Expands Public Movement Restrictions

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has issued an executive order further restricting people’s physical interactions to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but it is not a stay-at-home order. Reeves executive order tells businesses to allow every possible employee to work from home and defines essential businesses to give clear guidance to local leaders should they decide to take additional action. Some cities and counties have already ordered restaurants and bars to close their dining rooms and only offer carry-out or delivery food orders. That will now be mandated statewide. The order encourages people to remain home when possible and stop gathering in groups of 10 or more even for funerals, weddings, and church services. The order also tells people to stop visiting hospitals, nursing homes or long-term care facilities that house people most vulnerable to becoming sick. In trying to balance concerns about public health and the economy, Reeves suggests that all Mississippians follow state Health Department recommendations to wash their hands, stay home if possible and keep distance from others in places like grocery stores.

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