Governor Reeves Orders Statewide Shelter-In-Place
Wednesday afternoon, April 1, Governor Tate Reeves called for a statewide “shelter in place” order. After consultation with Mississippi’s leading health officials and monitoring the increase in the number of cases in the state, the Governor decided that it was time to take more serious action to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The order will take effect Friday, April 3 at 5:00 PM and will end at 8:00 AM Monday, April 20. Governor Reeves has said that he will continue to assess this timeline, but for now, the order will remain in affect only for this period. Manufacturers deemed “essential businesses” under Gov. Reeves previous executive order (
Executive Order 1463
) will not be negatively impacted by this new order, but all businesses are encouraged to follow CDC recommendations to protect the safety of their employees and community.
The Mississippi Economic Council and Mississippi Manufacturers Association have released a joint statement regarding Gov. Reeves' recent shelter-in-place order and in support of Mississippi's essential businesses.
“The Mississippi Economic Council and the Mississippi Manufacturers Association concur and appreciate Governor Tate Reeves’ decision today to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order. This measure will help protect the health and safety of our citizens, while at the same time recognizing the vital role essential businesses provide by assuring delivery of necessary services,” Scott Waller, President and CEO of MEC, and John McKay, President and CEO of MMA, said in a joint statement on Wednesday.
“Our essential businesses will continue to provide important services, while implementing best practice guidance in health and safety to protect and inform their employees and customers throughout this dynamic situation. As new data becomes available, we will continue to provide resources in order for our businesses to operate safely and efficiently. We appreciate and salute front line healthcare providers. The business community will do our part in these difficult times.”