Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced his new comprehensive Safe Recovery order as a one-stop resource for Mississippians as we continue to flatten the curve on new COVID-19 cases.
“For the last several weeks, we have had a statewide mask mandate through the worst of our times,” expressed Governor Reeves. “We have to make sure that we do not go back to the times of overwhelming our hospitals and health care system, even though I am not extending the statewide mask mandate.”
Throughout this pandemic, one of the top priorities for the Governor has been transparency and keeping Mississippians up-to-date on the state’s response. Replacing the Safe Return order and its amendments, Governor Reeves has combined all social distancing measures into one executive order to ensure understanding and keep people better informed.
“I have always tried to stress the important balance of this time: we cannot allow our system to collapse, and we should not use the heavy-hand of government more than it is justified,” said Reeves. “We have to tailor our actions to the current threat, and make sure that they do not go beyond what is reasonable.”
Under the new executive order 1525, some social distancing restrictions have been eased as our new COVD-19 case numbers continue to improve.
A few of the relaxed restrictions include increasing attendance at outdoor K-12 extracurricular events such as football games to 50% of seating capacity, limiting group gatherings when you are unable to social distance to no more than 20 indoors and 100 outdoors, and requiring masks for schools and close contact businesses like salons and barbershops.
The order will be in effect until Wednesday, November 11 at 5:00 PM.