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Governor opens some businesses in new Safer-at-Home order on Monday

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves in a news conference April 20. (Photo via video screen capture)

Gov. Tate Reeves will replace the current shelter-in-place order with a safer-at-home order on Monday, April 27 for two weeks until Monday, May 11.

The order:

  • Urges all Mississippians to stay home except for essential travel.
  • Asks the most vulnerable to continue to shelter in place, including the elderly.
  • Continues to ban all non-essential gatherings of 10 or more.
  • Allows most closed, non-essential businesses to reopen, including retail stores, with a limited number of people in the stores at any one time up to a maximum of half the store’s capacity.
  • Elective medical procedures can resume.
  • Pastors are being urged to not resume in-house services.
  • Some business categories have to stay closed, especially those that can’t avoid sustained personal contact such as barbershops and salons.
  • Casinos will not reopen nor will museums.
  • Restaurants still limited to drive-thru, curbside or delivery services.
  • Bars remain closed.
  • Common areas where people gather remain closed.

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide more information shortly.

COVID-19

Reeves puts another 13 counties under mask mandates

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Gov. Tate Reeves during April 22 news conference. (Photo via video screen grab)

Tuesday, Gov. Tate Reeves announced 13 additional counties that have qualified and met certain requirements to be placed under mask mandates with his “Safe Recovery” executive order that is in effect until Dec. 11.

Those additional counties are: Adams, Amite, Coahoma, Franklin, Jefferson, Kemper, Monroe, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Quitman, Scott, Sunflower and Washington. A total of 54 of Mississippi’s 82 counties are now under mask mandates.

“I hope that people believe me when I say this is a time when the virus is extremely present,” Reeves said during a news conference streamed live on Facebook. “It is all around us right now, more than almost any time before. Please continue to be careful and safeguard yourself and your loved ones.”

A copy of the Executive Order can be found here.

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Handgun stolen in auto burglary

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A handgun was stolen in an auto burglary Monday in Vicksburg.

Monday, Nov. 30, at 10:34 a.m. officers took a report in reference to an auto burglary that occurred at 3133 Washington St.

The victim reported someone stole a SCCY 9-mm handgun from his 2000 GMC Sierra.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Shooting suspect turns herself in

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Devona Jackson (photo courtesy VPD)

The suspect in a Nov. 25 shooting turned herself in to Vicksburg police investigators Monday.

Devona Jackson, 36, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle in connection with an altercation at the Smoke Break convenience store, 1217 Cherry St., on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Jackson was arraigned in the Vicksburg Municipal Court, where Judge Angela Carpenter set her bond at $15,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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