YP – Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves leads Facebook LIVE prayer service

With Mississippians being asked to avoid congregating as the coronavirus continues to spread, Gov. Tate Reeves took to Facebook Sunday morning to lead a prayer service

His post said, “I believe in the power of prayer, so I’m inviting you to pray with me on this Sunday morning. ‘For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.’”

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YP – Governor defers business closures, restrictions to local leaders

Cities across Mississippi are unilaterally deciding to close restaurants to dine-in services, churches, bars, barber shops, movie theaters, gyms, recreation centers, and other service businesses to enhance social distancing measures and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

There has been no mandate from the Governor’s office, the Department of Health, or state Emergency Management on such actions, and it isn’t likely to be put forward in the near term.

MEMA Director Greg Michel says Gov. Tate Reeves has left those decisions up to local governments.

DAILY JOURNAL – Tupelo mayor proposes all residents to shelter in place to stop spread of COVID-19

Shelton also issued an executive order on Saturday morning banning public events and gatherings greater than 50 people from taking place in the city.

Multiple city leaders this week have called for Republican Gov. Tate Reeves or state agencies to issue more uniform and statewide safety restrictions instead of local governments making safety decisions.

“It’s just an abdication of leadership at the highest level of the state of Mississippi, and we’re just not going to wait any longer in the city of Tupelo,” Shelton said. “There will likely be political repercussions. We have a governor who is notorious for payback. I’ll take the consequences, whatever it may be, but I’m going to do everything I can to keep our citizens safe.”

SUNHERALD – Moss Point mayor will propose curfew, scolds Tate Reeves over coronavirus response

Moss Point Mayor Mario Kings gives a short press conference at City Hall before the release of the August officer-involved shooting.

In the video, King also criticized Governor Tate Reeves’ response so far to the spread of COVID-19, saying his lack of action is “inadequate, irresponsible and unacceptable.”

“It is unfortunate, however, that we must take measures in our own hands,” King said. “We cannot wait any longer on guidance that is likely never coming.”

King ordered all businesses, which included all child care facilities, churches, gyms, bars, parties, salons, barbershops and other businesses, to shut down effective at noon Friday.

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YP – MSDH recommends restaurants suspend dine in services for the foreseeable future

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) now recommends that all restaurant and bars suspend dine-in service in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately. This decision is consistent with the social distancing principles from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in line with actions taken by other states.

This recommendation is for the foreseeable future. 

Restaurants may still offer carryout or delivery orders to their customers.

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