YP – Gov. Reeves announces reopening of salons and barbershops

Governor Tate Reeves announces that salons, barbershops and gyms may reopen on May 11 under strict guidelines. The requirements for these businesses are listed below. He has also decided to extend the safer at home order until May 25…

Consulting with our state health officials, the Governor also lays out strict social distancing guidelines and sanitation protocols for salons, barbershops, and gyms to begin reopening now to restore the livelihoods of the small businesses owners and their employees.

MSDH: Coronavirus cases up to 9501 with 430 deaths

DAILY JOURNAL – Analysis: Reeves tries to balance concerns of health, jobs

Mississippi restaurants ease into reopening amid pandemic

Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves is having to balance his libertarian-leaning instincts with public health concerns during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s been his job the past several weeks to order some businesses to temporarily close and to restrict people’s face-to-face interactions to try to slow the spread of the highly contagious virus. His statewide “shelter in place” order remains in effect until May 25.

Reeves is gradually letting businesses reopen even as numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise.

MBJ – Mississippi businesses received $2.4 billion in first round of SBA PPP funding

Mississippi District Director Small Business Administration Janita R. Stewart said here in Mississippi, about 280 in and out-of-state bank and non-bank lending institutions participation in the first round of Payroll Protection Program making 20,784 loans for $2,481,000,606 billion to Mississippi businesses and non-profits.

“During round 1 of PPP, an astronomical number worth a total of 14 years of SBA loans were made in less than 14 days,” Stewart said. “Our agency is fully committed to ensuring that America’s workers and small businesses continue to get the resources they need to get through this challenging time.

YP – MS Senate takes first swing at draft to appropriate CARES Act dollars

The Mississippi Senate Appropriations Committee met on Friday to discuss the first proposed piece of language dedicated to the disbursement of CARES Act dollars. It focuses primarily on support for small businesses in the state. This language is only a draft and has not yet been filed, but that could come early next week.

Senator Josh Harkins, who walked the members through the language, said that this was a good place to start and would allow them to come back and appropriate more if necessary.

WLOX – Protesters host rally in response to COVID-19 guidelines

Protesters host rally in response to COVID-19 guidelines“We’re grownups here. We’re allowed to make our own risk assessments and what’s best for us, our families, our businesses. We don’t need somebody telling us what to do. Just because they’re giving us information on the media or from a podium doesn’t’ mean that’s all the information that’s out there,” said co-coordinator of the rally E. Brain Rose.

Notable speakers made their appearance, including Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson, and shared words that had the crowd cheering and clapping.

Protesters held their signs high and their flags even higher, showing off that they’re proud to be an American.

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YP – Anti-Trump, Anti-GOP “Voter Protection Project” endorses Mike Espy

The Voter Protection Project has endorsed Democrat Mike Espy in the Mississippi U.S. Senate race.

According to the release, the Voter Protection Project was first founded in 2019 and are “a leading political arm working to end partisan gerrymandering and voter suppression across the country.”

“VPP has been taking the fight to Republicans state-by-state supporting candidates for office at the federal and state levels that are champions for voter equality,” the release states.  “This cycle, VPP is focused on getting involved in some of the toughest races in the country and fighting the bad actors — that’s exactly what they’re planning to do here in Mississippi.”

YP – AFP-MS urges Sen. Wicker to lead in rejecting state bailouts

Congressman Guest defends Hyde Amendment

WAPT – Jackson mayor announces the city will reopen with restrictions May 15

“We will open with guidelines on how retail establishments can open moving forward,” Mayor Lumumba said.

Lumumba said his decision to open with restrictions is forced by Gov. Tate Reeves executive order reopening the state. The mayor said he needed to make a decision for what is practical based on the cities around Jackson reopening, but didn’t believe the data show it’s safe to open.