Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite’s latest report outlines the city’s comeback plan. The plan has three phases.  The city still recommends adherence to the CDC guidelines as it relates to social distancing between persons as well as recommending facial coverings of the mouth and nose when traveling in heavily frequented locations. Citizens that may face a higher risk due to underlying health issues to continue to use all safeguarding measures to protect themselves.

Phase One-April 28-May 15

  • All businesses, organizations, and facilities, except those listed as closed below, shall be allowed to re-open in the City of Southaven, subject to a 33%building capacity occupancy limit and social distancing requirement of a minimum of 6 feet between all persons at all times and at all locations.
  • These businesses will remain closed:  Theaters, Recreational and amusement facilities, including playgrounds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, baseball/softball fields, football/soccer fields, City government facility interiors, excluding those facilitating public meetings mandated by state law, fire stations, and police stations.

Phase Two-May 15-June 1

  • Capacity limits increase to 50% capacity
  • These businesses will remain closed: Playgrounds, stadium/bleacher seating at City parks, park concessions, and Forever Young senior activities

Phase Three-After June 1 

  • Capacity limits increase to 100% capacity, subject to further update.

Summary of Changes:

  • Churches, funerals, weddings, and religious gatherings have always been listed as essential, but will have no other physical gathering restrictions.
  • Restaurant dining rooms may open with capacity limitations and social distancing requirements on April 28.
  • Gyms may open with capacity limitations and social distancing requirements on April 28.
  • Golf, tennis, and other recreational activities performed without teams are permitted with social distancing requirements of 6 feet on April 28.
  • Snowden Grove, Greenbrook, and the Arena will open for baseball, softball, and volleyball tournaments as well as recreational league games with social distancing requirements on May 15.

The following are considered Essential Services pursuant to the Governor’s Orders.  Essential services will have no restrictions through all phases:

  • 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, medial 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, funerals, weddings, and religious gatherings
  • 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
  • Non-essential facility maintenance and minimum operations