JACKSON — Today, Gov. Tate Reeves announced that he is extending the social distancing measures under the Safe Return order with a few amendments relaxing restrictions as Mississippi flattens the curve on new COVID-19 cases.
Continuing to work with state and national health experts on a data-driven, measured strategy to limit transmission, Reeves has extended the Safe Return order until Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m.
The governor made the announcement at this morning's press briefing, which may be viewed on Facebook here.
Under the amended Safe Return order, group gathering limitations are now at no more than 10 people indoors or 50 outdoors when social distancing is not possible. If people are able to social distance, group gatherings are set at no more than 20 indoors or 100 outdoors.
Maximum capacity has also been increased to 75% for retail businesses, restaurants, gyms and seated dinners at reception halls and conference centers. Party sizes in restaurants are now limited to 10 people per table, and gyms can be open 24 hours a day.
National Federation of Independent Businesses State Director Dawn Starns, in a statement released in response to Reeves' order easing restrictions on businesses, said, "This order is a big relief for Mississippi's small businesses. It's been a tremendously challenging spring and summer for small businesses, and increasing capacity at shops, restaurants and other businesses is going to help them get through this pandemic without cutting jobs or closing their doors for good."
IN THE PHOTO: Gov. Tate Reeves is shown wearing a mask. (Photo special to The Sun-Sentinel)