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July 30, 2020 4:39 PM

Safe Return Executive Order Extended Two Weeks

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced Thursday he is extending his Safe Return executive order by two weeks and adding eight counties to his mask mandate, which already included DeSoto County.
The mask mandate has been extended until 8 a.m. Aug. 17.
“We are throwing everything that we can at the hospital crisis in our state, and we are going to continue working to ensure the integrity of our health care system,” Reeves said. “I want to underscore again: even if you do not personally fear coronavirus, the overwhelming of the system affects everybody. If you get in a car wreck, you don’t want to be treated in a tent like we saw in other parts of the country. You want to get the best possible care.”
Starting on Monday, the eight counties added to the mask mandate will be Carroll, Coahoma, Jones, Lee, Leflore, Lowndes, Noxubee, and Pontotoc.
The counties that have already been included in the order are Bolivar, Calhoun, Claiborne, Covington, Desoto, Forrest, Grenada, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Madison, Montgomery, Panola, Quitman, Rankin, Sharkey, Simpson, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Walthall, Washington, Wayne, Winston and Yalobusha.
Social distancing guidelines under the order include:
▪ People shall wear face coverings when at public gatherings or in a shopping environment.
▪ People shall maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others.
▪ Social gatherings shall be limited to no more than 10 people indoors and 20 outdoors.
*Reception Halls and Conference Centers limited to 25% capacity. (Seated dinners allowed 50% capacity)
*,People must be seated to be served alcohol in bars. Alcohol sales are prohibited between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.

EXEMPTIONS:
Face coverings/masks are not required for the following:
1. Person who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical or behavioral condition, who have trouble breathing or are incapacitated, who whose healthcare professional has recommended that a face covering not be worn.
2. Persons seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired in a way that requires the mouth to be visible
3. Persons while eating or drinking
4. Persons in a building or engaged in an activity that utilizes or requires security surveillance or screening (e.g., banking or financial institutions) and only during such times when these person are under security surveillance or screening.
5. Persons engaged in swimming activities or other activities while in a swimming pool.
6. Persons engaged in exercising in fitness and exercise gyms or other sports activity.
7. Persons while giving a speech, presentation, or performance for a broadcast or to an audience.
8. Persons actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship. (NOTE wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged )
9. Children under the age of six (6) (NOTE parents and guardians shall be responsible for ensuring proper use of face coverings by children six (6) years of age and older must ensure that face coverings do not pose a choking hazard and can be safely worn without obstructing a child’s ability to breathe.
10. Other settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering, including, but not limited to, when obtaining or rendering goods for services (such as receipt of dental services) or would otherwise impede visibility to operate equipment.

The 10 new counties that have seen coronavirus numbers rise are Bolivar, Covington, Forrest, Humphreys, Panola, Sharkey, Simpson, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Walthall.
The original list of 13 counties includes Harrison, Jackson, Claiborne, Desoto, Grenada, Hinds, Jefferson, Madison, Quitman, Rankin, Sunflower, Washington, and Wayne.

*Carts and baskets and all other surfaces that are contacted by customers during the course of providing services shall be sanitized after each use by customers. All other high-tough areas, including all door handles shall be sanitized once every two hours at a minimum.
*Social gatherings should be limited to no more than 10 indoors and 20 outdoors.
*This limitation shall not apply to religious entities, students in classrooms, or gatherings in facilities governed by other capacity limitations.
*Face coverings must be worn indoors and outdoors (when unable to maintain a minimum of 6 feet of separations from other individuals not in the same household) when attending public events (including but not limited to attending events in outdoor sports complexes multi-field complexes, and arenas). This face covering requirement shall not apply to individuals engaged in organized school athletic practices, including weight training and outdoor practices or other outdoor exercising.

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