June 1 is the day that Mississippi’s economy is set to fully reopen. Gov. Tate Reeves addresses the state as those measures are taken.

“Today, there are no more business closures in our state. I want to underscore: the threat is not gone. It is as contagious and deadly as ever. Please be smart and keep your loved ones safe,” said Reeves.

Reeves said he hopes for guidelines as the state moves forward, and not executive orders. He urged the public not to forget that the coronavirus is still in communities and it is still a deadly illness.

He also engaged in a conversation regarding the killing of George Floyd, the protests, and the riots across the country that followed. Reeves said he has always been careful of judging a crime before the full details of the crime came to light. However, when he looked at what happened that day he was disgusted and dismayed and prays that justice will be done.

“I believe that protestors, especially here in Mississippi, want a voice—not violence. I will always protect and celebrate that right,” said Reeves. “People across the country have a right to be angry. You have a right to protest.”

He said he knows there will not be riots in the state of Mississippi and believes that the people in the state are not interested in causing harm or destroying businesses and property. He commended the peaceful protesters that he encountered over the weekend that came to share their message at his home. He said that message was heard.

“There isn no place for the anarchist and antagonist here in Mississippi,” said Reeves. “The full force of our state will be ready and willing to defend our communities.” Reeves made this comment regarding those from out of state who may bring non-peaceful protests.

Reeves said he believes in honoring the right of protests but condemns those who would try to ensure violence. He also urged protestors to remember the risk of COVID-19 as they protest.