Governor Reeves replaced Mississippi’s  “Shelter-in-Place” Order with a new “Safer-at-Home” Order, valid Monday, April 27 until Monday, May 11 at 8:00 AM.


This Order allows travel to all jobs for individuals and opens all businesses, organizations, and facilities unless expressly excluded below.  All non-essential businesses, organizations, and facilities must still comply with CDC social distancing guidelines requiring a minimum distance of 6 feet between all persons and the limit of physical gatherings to 10 persons or less.  All persons over age 65 or with any health conditions that may increase vulnerability to the COVID-19 Virus must continue to “shelter-in-place.”

All non-essential retail will be open with a 50% building capacity occupancy limit per applicable building fire code.  State and local governments still encourage Curbside commerce.

Healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities may also resume performing non-emergent, elective medical procedures and surgeries, as clinically appropriate with the guidance provided by the Mississippi State Department of Health.


  • Restaurant dining rooms (including bar areas), but drive-through, curbside, and delivery options remain allowed
  • Gyms, salons, and barbershops
  • Recreational and amusement facilities, including theaters; museums; dance/gymnastics/martial arts studios and all other indoor training facilities; trampoline parks; bowling alleys; pool halls; arcades; playgrounds; basketball courts; volleyball courts; baseball/softball fields; and football/soccer fields
  • All public and private social and other non-essential gatherings in groups of more than 10 people in a single space at the same time where individuals are in close proximity (less than 6 ft.)
  • Evictions are suspended, and all state, county and local law enforcement officers are directed to cease enforcement of orders of eviction for residential premises during this Safer at Home Order. No provision of the Governor’s Order shall be construed as relieving any individual of the obligation to pay rent, to make mortgage payments, or to comply with all laws or obligations that an individual may have, including under tenancy or mortgage


The following are considered Essential Services pursuant to the Governor’s Orders:

  • Government operations, including defense operations, law enforcement, and courts
  • Healthcare, including home health care, and veterinarian care
  • Essential retail, including grocery stores, pharmacies, food and beverage stores, nutrition stores, convenience stores (excluding inside dining), gas and fuel stations, hardware and building material suppliers,  firearm and ammunition suppliers, telecommunication equipment suppliers, sanitation, cleaning, and household necessity suppliers, office and professional service suppliers, and restaurants for drive-through, curbside service, or delivery (excluding inside dining and take-out)
  • Essential infrastructure, including utilities, supply chain, communications, telecommunications, public works, transportation, and hotel/lodging
  • Manufacturing, wholesale and distribution, and shipping
  • Agriculture
  • Essential services, including mail, sanitation, laundry, medical and hazardous waste management, building cleaning, building security, home sales and repair, automobile sales and repair,  and mortuaries and cemeteries
  • Construction and related trades, including but not limited to lumber, building materials and hardware, electricians, plumbers, painters, cleaning and janitorial, and moving and relocation services
  • Banks and financial services
  • Professional services, including attorneys, accountants, architects, engineers, real estate sales and service, and insurance sales and service
  • Media outlets
  • Education to facilitate remote learning, critical research, or meal provision
  • Technological and logistics support
  • Child-care programs and services
  • Churches, religious gatherings, weddings, and funerals (Physical gatherings only will be limited to CDC guidelines, and remote and “in-automobile” parking lot worship options are recommended.)
  • Basic-necessity services for disadvantaged persons
  • Lawn care
  • Pest control
  • Essential services required to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operations of residences and essential businesses

Sources:  City of Southaven Website, Tate Reeves Press Conference