Gov. Reeves calls for halt of gatherings of 10+

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is calling for a statewide halt of gatherings of 10 or more people.

Reeves signed an executive order Tuesday to enact measures designed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The order includes restaurants stopping dine-in serving. It also includes stopping visits to nursing homes, hospitals and long-term care facilities.

It will also include only essential workers to leave home. Others can work remotely.

Reeves said his decisions have all come at the advice of health officials, whom he has the “utmost confidence” in.

He said he’s not been advised yet to enter a statewide lock-down.

Reeves also advised people not to hoard. He says the food supply chain is doing its job.

“Our amazing Mississippi truckers and American truck drivers are working to get shelves stocked," Reeves said.

Here are the highlights of the executive order:
• Mississippians must avoid non-essential gatherings of 10 people or more.
• Suspending dine-in services at restaurants and bars across the state, instructing them to use drive-thru, take-out, or delivery services to get people food.
• Mississippians must not to visit hospitals, nursing homes, or long-term care facilities.
• Directing businesses to allow every employee possible to work from home.
• Defining essential businesses to give clear guidance to partners at the local level and ensure no essential services are closed.