JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Governor Tate Reeves is extending the shelter-in-place order in Mississippi for another week.
The order is now set to expire on April 27.
“The burden is being shouldered by working-class Mississippians,” Reeves said."...those are the people without income for weeks. That’s not fair, and that’s not right."
Reeves says he wants the state to re-open as soon as possible, but the time is not right yet.
“I have to ask for you for one more week,” he said. “One more week of vigilance [...] and then we can reopen our state.”
He says after the week, the state should be over its peak use of medical resources and “break the back of our enemy.”
Reeves says he wants businesses to sell products safely--for instance, a hair salon selling their products by calling ahead--to keep people from crowding big box stores like Walmart. These non-essential businesses will be able to do curbside and delivery sales. This includes clothing stores, gift shops, and florists.
He also says lakes and beaches can reopen so people can fish, enjoy nature and relieve the stress from the quarantine. Social distancing rules will still need to be in place and enforced.
The new changes will take effect Monday at 8 a.m., so affected businesses will not be able to open until then.
“We are heading toward reopening. It’s coming soon. There’s light at the end of this tunnel, and we’re almost there.”