Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Mississippi, US, extend current restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 through at least Sept. 14.

Alert Begins 01 Sep 2020 04:03 PM UTC
Alert Expires 15 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

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

Summary
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has issued orders extending restrictions currently in place through at least Sept. 14, to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Authorities have also lifted the guidelines for school-related gatherings, limiting attendance to extracurricular activities to a maximum of two people per student; all participants, workers, and people in attendance must continue to wear face coverings.

Under the current directives, residents over the age of five must wear protective face coverings whenever they are inside a business, school, or any other indoor space open to the public or in outdoor settings when social distancing measures cannot be implemented.

Other restrictions that will remain in place until at least Sept. 14 include the banning of social gatherings of more than 10 people indoors and 20 people outdoors. Bars can only offer service to seated customers, and the sale of alcohol in restaurants or bars must end nightly at 2300. Residents 65 years of age or older and those with underlying health conditions are advised to remain home as much as possible. All businesses are allowed to operate statewide, albeit with some limitations, including:

 

  • Restaurants and bars at 50-percent capacity

 

  • Gyms and fitness centers at 50-percent capacity

 

  • Reception halls and conference centers at 25-percent capacity

 

  • Outdoor and indoor arenas at 25-percent capacity

 

  • Retail stores, indoor entertainment venues, amusement parks, and personal care businesses at 50-percent capacity

 


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.

County and municipal authorities are allowed to impose stricter restrictions within their jurisdictions if they consider it necessary. Business disruptions remain likely. 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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