Gov. Tate Reeves held his regular press conference on Friday and touched on several topics. Here’s a rundown of what he said.
Following protests in Jackson and Petal over the death of an unarmed black man arrested by Minneapolis police, Reeves said protesting against the government is a constitutional right, but asked demonstrators to be peaceful, wear masks and practice social distancing. “I fully support everyone’s individual right to protest their government,” he said.
Reeves announced a website that outlines qualifications for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to receive grants. The state is not yet taking applications, but business owners can visit www.backtobusinessms.org to see who qualifies.
Reeves said he is loosening restrictions on four counties deemed hotspots of coronavirus — Attala, Leake, Scott and Newton counties — and adding restrictions to Wayne County which has seen a surge of new cases. Reeves called Wayne County “the most dangerous part of the state when it comes to COVID-19 transmission.”
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Reeves has been loosening restrictions on businesses throughout the state as the number of new coronavirus cases continues to grow. There were 418 new cases reported Friday, the highest single-day total, though Reeves reiterated that the rate of new cases remains relatively steady.
“The risk is still very, very real,” Reeves said. “… We must stay smart … Open for business does not mean risk-free.”
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