Thursday, April 2, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions About "Shelter in Place"

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions About " Shelter in Place"

How long will this last?

·       Starting 5:00 p.m. on Friday through 8:00 am on April 20, 2020.

Can I go to work?
·       If you work for an essential Business or Operation you may continue to go to work.
·       If your place of work is closed, you may go to work for minimum operations such as maintaining the condition of facilities, for security, to preserve value of business inventory, for payroll and employee benefits,
·       If you’re working remotely from home, you can go to work to get things necessary for you to continue to work remotely from your home or residence.

Can I go to the grocery store?
o Of course. But we need your cooperation. Make a list and buy
your groceries and supplies in as few trips as possible—once a
week not once a day.
o Go to the grocery store only to buy food or supplies needed to
maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of your
home, not for any social gatherings, such as morning coffee club.

Can I go to the doctor/dentist?
o Yes. Travel for health and safety is permitted.
o For previously scheduled appointments, check with your
healthcare provider before traveling. Your healthcare provider
should be observing instructions from the Mississippi Dept. of
Health and not conducting non-essential visits or performing
elective procedures or surgery. If healthcare visits and
procedures can safely be rescheduled they should be.

Can I go to the pharmacy to fill my prescription?
o Yes. Travel for health and safety is permitted.

Can I travel to and from work if I live in the county and work
outside the county?
o Yes. This shelter in place applies to your County. But you should
consider taking your most recent pay stub or other record to
establish where you work.

Can I go to school or take my child to school? 
o Travel to or from schools is allowed for purposes of receiving
materials for distance learning, to receive meals, and for other
education related purposes.

Can I exercise or work out?
 o Gyms and health clubs and parks (not including walking trails)
are closed during this Shelter in Place. But individual outdoor
recreation is encouraged.
o This would include running, biking, walking or even shooting
baskets by yourself, but no group recreation or activities such as
soccer or basketball games.

Can I get my hair and nails done?
o No. Salons, barbershops and other similar personal care and
grooming facilities are closed during this Shelter in Place. 

Can I go shopping?
o Yes, but only for food or supplies needed to maintain the safety,
sanitation and essential operation of your home or for other
people who are unable to or should not leave their home.

Can I visit a family member in the hospital or nursing home?
o No. Most visits are not allowed. For the safety of residents,
patients and staff, visits to hospitals and nursing homes are
prohibited except to visit those individuals receiving imminent
end-of-life care, or as otherwise allowed by that healthcare

Can I travel outside the county to visit family?
o Social gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted
o Travel is permitted for health and safety, or to get necessary
food, services or supplies for elderly, minors, dependents,
persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons whether in
or outside of the county.

I have an elderly shut-in relative, may I help them buy
groceries, deliver medicine, or take them to an essential
doctor visit?
o Yes. Travel is permitted for health and safety, or to get
necessary food, services or supplies for elderly, minors,
dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable

What if I’m laid off while my business is closed during this
COVID-19 epidemic?
o Contact the Mississippi Department of Employment Security or your local WIN Job Center for assistance.
o You should also consult with your employer.

My family reunion will have more than 10 people attending
and it is scheduled during this shelter in place, may I still

o No. All non-essential, social gatherings of more than 10 people
must be cancelled or rescheduled. This includes gatherings like
weddings, funerals, reunions, and backyard barbecues.

If a family member has been quarantined because of a
known contact with an active diagnosed case of COVID-19,
may I still visit him/her?
o No. Please consult with the appropriate medical and health
officials on specific instructions.

I have a court appearance schedule during this shelter in
place order, may I attend?
o Yes. Courts are an Essential Business or Operation. But please
consult with your attorney and court personnel to be sure of the
date and time, or to learn if it has been postponed or rescheduled
before traveling.

What if my City or Town has adopted more strict
o Combatting COVID-19 in Mississippi is a joint effort with federal,
State, County and Local officials working together.
o Local or county authorities understand the local community best
and may adopt and enforce rules that are more strict as long
they do not prevent any Essential Business or Operation as
identified in Executive Order No. 1463 from providing essential
services and functions.

How do I know if my business is essential?
o Essential Business or Operations are established by Executive
Order 1463. That order is available on the Secretary of State’s
website under Communications and Publications/Executive
Orders at

When I’m traveling, how can I establish that I work for an
Essential Business or Operation?
o Have some record that identifies your place of
employment—such as most recent pay stub or any letter or
identification your employer gives you.
o If you have any questions ask your employer and/or review the
list on Executive Order 1463 at