Governor Reeves Issues a Statewide Shelter-In-Place Order

PEARL, Miss. – Governor Tate Reeves signed Executive Order 1466 establishing a statewide shelter-in-place for Mississippi in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of all Mississippians.

The shelter-in-place will begin this Friday, April 3, 2020 at 5:00 PM and be in effect until Monday, April 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM.

This latest executive order outlines the guidelines of the statewide shelter-in-place, stating that:

  • Individuals are to stay at home except for the limited allowances in the executive order.
  • When outside of their homes, people must follow social distancing guidelines by maintaining a 6-foot distance from others and avoid groups of 10 or more.
  • Evictions are suspended, though people are still required to pay any rent or make any mortgage payments.
  • All nonessential businesses are to stop all activities other than those necessary for minimum operations (e.g. payroll, health insurance, security) and enabling employees to work from home.
  • Social and other non-essential gatherings in groups of more than 10 people must be cancelled or rescheduled.
  • Restaurants and bars may only remain open for drive-thru, curbside, and/or delivery service.
  • People may leave their homes only to perform essential activities, such as caring for someone in the vulnerable population, getting food or necessary supplies, and working for an essential business.
  • Individual outdoor recreation is encouraged, but not group recreation or activities such as soccer or basketball games.

Essential businesses are defined in Executive Order 1463 on page 3.

For a list of shelter-in-place FAQs click here.