Impacts of extended stay-at-home orders

Though a few things will change with the announcement of Governor Reeves’ plans to ease up on shelter in place orders, for some businesses things will remain the same.

“If we’re going upscale, sure doesn’t make sense to me to be opening us back up.” With the latest numbers in the COVID-19 pandemic growing each day, Governor Reeves extended shelter-in-place orders another week with some changes. “First, I’m glad to say that I got in guidance from our state and local officials that they feel confident they can regulate our lakes and our beaches safely. We can now allow them to re-open for individuals to fish or to relax. We’re going to allow drive-through, curbside or delivery sales by “nonessential” businesses; clothing stores, florists, or athletic goods can do safe sales.”

For some businesses, like local restaurants, things remain the exact same. Kevin Fish is the vice president of operations for Gulf Coast Restaurants Group. He says though it costs him every day things are closed, he understands safety comes first. “Everybody’s ready to go. We are ready to go but that doesn’t mean that it’s safe to go and when you are governor you can’t go based on “Hey, I want to go,” but I also think he did the right thing. On the way up to this we had some kind of lenient standards and he left it up to the mayors and county officials to make informed decisions because we have counties in Mississippi where there are practically no cases and then counties where there are hundreds and hundreds of cases.”

With more than 160 new cases discovered in Mississippi on Friday, Fish says he doesn’t mind exercising caution until the pandemic subsides. “Our to-go sales are ever-increasing and that’s another sign to me that people want to go, but I think we have to have faith in our public officials.”

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