Thursday, April 2, 2020

Some Clarification on Mississippi's "Shelter in Place"

Governor Tate Reeves issued Executive Order # 1466 yesterday requiring the citizens of the State of
Mississippi to “Shelter in Place” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the particulars in basic terms:

· The order becomes effective at 5:00 pm on Friday, April 3 and extends until 8:00 am on April 20th.
· If your current home is unsafe due to condition, lack of utilities or the threat of domestic violence, you may seek shelter elsewhere.
· You cannot be evicted from your home during this time.
· Nonessential activities are prohibited. Examples include:
        Attending or hosting parties, social events, clubs, playgrounds, bowling alleys, movie theatres, parks (except for the purpose of walking),ball games, health clubs, amusement parks and similar social and recreational activity.

· Some activity is necessary and considered essential and is allowed. Examples include:

          Traveling to and from work at an essential business

          Seeking medical care or refilling prescriptions

          Obtaining necessary supplies for the safety and requirements of your home…grocery shopping, etc.

          Providing or seeking home repair, car repair, fuel

         Assisting others in need of like services

         Individual recreation and outdoor activity

· Outside of your home, you are required to practice social distancing ( at least 6 feet apart) and use good hygiene practices including frequent handwashing and sanitizing.

· Non-essential businesses must be closed. These include but are not necessarily limited to: movie theatres, bowling alleys, nail salons, tattoo parlors, etc
· The list of essential businesses is long and complex. If you are uncertain as to your business’s status, contact your local jurisdiction for guidance. The following is a list of examples but is not all:

       Grocery stores, hardware stores, home repair and construction services, fuel providers (C- stores, etc.), feed stores and garden suppliers, pharmacies, health care providers, auto repair and parts, law enforcement and essential government services such as garbage pickup and utilities, tax preparers, insurance agents, liquor stores, most manufacturing ( to maintain a supply chain) and support services to any and all of the above.

Attached below is a copy of the executive order and a clarification of “essential business”

Executive Order 1466
Essential Businesses

We will follow this post with some Frequently Asked Questions relative to the order.