Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Mississippi, US, amend and extend current restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus disease through at least Sept. 30.

Alert Begins 15 Sep 2020 06:20 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Mississippi (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions

Summary
As part of ongoing efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has issued orders amending and extending restrictions currently in place, through at least Sept. 30. Other restrictions, including the statewide mask mandate, remain in effect.

Under the new directives, gathering limits have been increased. Indoor and outdoor gatherings are now limited to 10 and 50 people, respectively, where social distancing is not possible. In instances where social distancing is possible, indoor gatherings of up to 20 people, and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are permitted. Restaurants, bars, gyms, retail businesses, and seated dinners at conference and reception halls may operate at 75-percent capacity. Hygiene and social-distancing protocols must continue to be followed.

Other restrictions remain in place, all businesses are allowed to operate statewide, albeit with some limitations. Indoor entertainment venues, amusement parks, and personal care businesses may operate at 50-percent capacity. Bars can only offer service to seated customers; however, the sale of alcohol in restaurants or bars must end nightly at 2300.

All businesses must follow enhanced sanitation procedures, ensure compliance with social distancing guidelines, and implement the use of protective equipment. Authorities also urge businesses to keep employees working from home whenever possible. Residents 65 years of age or older and those with underlying health conditions are advised to remain home as much as possible.

County and municipal authorities are allowed to impose stricter restrictions within their jurisdictions if they consider it necessary. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Advice
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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