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Reeves relaxes some restrictions on extended Safe Return Order



Gov. Tate Reeves news conference Sept. 14 (Photo via video screen grab)

Gov. Tate Reeves announced Monday that he is extending the social distancing measures under the Safe Return order with a few amendments relaxing restrictions as Mississippi flattens the curve on new COVID-19 cases.

Continuing to work with state and national health experts on a data-driven, measured strategy to limit transmission, Reeves has extended the Safe Return order until Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m.

The governor made the announcement at this morning’s press briefing on Hurricane Sally, which you can view here.

Under the amended Safe Return order, group gathering limitations are now at no more than 10 indoors or 50 outdoors when social distancing is not possible. If people are able to social distance, group gatherings are set at no more than 20 indoors or 100 outdoors.

Maximum capacity has also been increased to 75% for retail businesses, restaurants and gyms, and seated dinners at reception halls and conference centers. Party sizes in restaurants are now limited to 10 people per table, and gyms can be open 24 hours a day.

You can view the signed Executive Order No. 1522 here. Signed versions of all executive orders related to COVID-19 can be found at

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