Gov. Tate Reeves

Gov. Tate Reeves

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves Friday, May 8 announced the next stage for the state to continue safely reopening the state's economy while protecting public health.

In a new executive order, Reeves extends his Safer At Home Order for another two weeks until 8 a.m. on Monday, May 25 in an effort to continue flattening the curve while allowing Mississippians to get back to work safely. Consulting with state health officials, Reeves also lays out strict social distancing guidelines and sanitation protocols for salons, barbershops, and gyms to begin reopening now to restore the livelihoods of the small business owners and their employees.

"The human cost of another Great Depression is higher than the benefit of broad orders," Reeves said. "As we work to re-open our economy, that is not a signal that the threat of the virus is gone. It is a shift in strategy because months of making it illegal for small businesses to operate is not sustainable. To the people of Mississippi: I am asking you—begging you—to exercise your personal responsibility."

Reeves announced his new executive order at his daily press briefing.

In this latest executive order, Reeves laid out strict social distancing guidelines to begin the process of slowly and safely re-opening salons, barbershops, and gyms, including:

SALONS & BARBERSHOPS:

For businesses:

  • Before they can reopen, the entire salon or barbershop must be deep-cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized top to bottom. After opening, salons and barbershops must be deep-cleaned daily.
  • All salons and barbershops are expected to take every step necessary to implement the regulations, orders, and guidance from the Mississippi State Department of Health and CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Hand sanitizer must be placed at all entrances.
  • Minimizing person-to-person contact through technology, like mobile or online reservations and contactless payment, is encouraged.
  • Salons and barbershops must post signage at each entrance stating no customer with a fever or COVID-19 symptoms are allowed in.
  • Chairs are to be rearranged to ensure at least 6 feet between each customer and be sanitized after each use by a customer.
  • Only one customer per employee is allowed in the salon or barbershop at any given time.

For employees:

  • All employees will be screened daily at the beginning of their shifts, including asking whether they have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have had a fever in the last 48 hours.
  • Face coverings must be provided to all employees who come in direct contact with customers. Employees are required to wear that face-covering throughout their shift and clean or replace daily.
  • Employees must also wear disposable gloves and change them between customers, as well as wash their hands between every customer.
  • All employees must be provided training on how to limit the spread of COVID-19.

For customers:

  • All waiting areas are to remain closed. Customers must wait in their vehicles until their appointment time and they are called for screening before entering.
  • Customers must sanitize their hands when entering and exiting.
  • Customers will be screened upon entry, including asking whether they have experienced any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Customers must wear a face covering, such as a cloth mask, while inside at all times, unless they're receiving a service that would be impeded by the covering.
  • Each customer must be draped with a clean cape, which is to be laundered after each use. A protective neck strip should also be placed around the neck of each customer getting a haircut.

GYMS:

For businesses:

  • Before they can reopen, the entire gym must be deep-cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized top to bottom. After opening, gyms must be deep-cleaned daily.
  • All gyms are expected to take every step necessary to implement the regulations, orders, and guidance from the Mississippi State Department of Health and CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Gyms must close to the public by 10:00 PM each day.
  • In addition to other gym staff, there must be at least one employee on site during hours of operation dedicated to wiping down equipment after each use.
  • All high-touch areas must be sanitized at least once every two hours.
  • Exercise machines and equipment must be rearranged and.or deactivated to ensure at least 6 feet between customers.
  • Gyms must post signage at each entrance stating no customer with a fever or COVID-19 symptoms are allowed in.
  • Hand sanitizer must be placed at all entrances and throughout the gym floor.
  • All common areas must remain closed.

For employees:

  • All employees will be screened daily at the beginning of their shifts, including asking whether they have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have had a fever in the last 48 hours.
  • Face coverings must be provided to all employees who come in direct contact with customers. Employees are required to wear that face-covering throughout their shift and clean or replace daily.
  • All employees must be provided training on how to limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • Every employee on the gym floor must wear disposable gloves to be changed at least once an hour.

For customers:

  • No more than 30% of the gym's maximum capacity. Gyms are encouraged to limit customers' time to a max of 1 hour per day.
  • Classes or group exercises are allowed with customers maintaining a minimum of a 6-foot distance apart.
  • Customers must sanitize their hands when entering and exiting the gym and when they move between equipment.

You can view the text version of the Executive Order No. 1480 here.