Governor extends Safe Return Order to protect public health amid rising cases

Published 8:20 pm Saturday, June 27, 2020

Friday, Gov. Tate Reeves extended his Safe Return order an additional week to protect Mississippians and limit transmission as cases rise in the state.
Consulting with Dr. Thomas Dobbs and other state health experts, Gov. Reeves signed a new executive order to extend the social distancing guidelines and restrictions under the Safe Return Order until 8 a.m. on Monday, July 6.
“The threat is far from over. Extending our Safe Return order will give us much-needed time to assess this rapidly-changing situation and adapt our response to slow the spread,” said Reeves. “We’re taking every step possible at the state-level to protect public health, but we can’t do it alone. The only way through this pandemic is together. I urge my fellow Mississippians to do their part to help limit transmission in their communities and take care of each other.”
Working to ensure uninterrupted services and benefits for Mississippians throughout this pandemic, Reeves also signed an additional three executive orders Friday. From extending the terms of interim or hold-over appointees until the end of the 2021 legislative session to extending unemployment benefits provided to Mississippi workers until the end of July 2020, Reeves said he is committed reducing the strain that this crisis has created on Mississippians’ lives and livelihoods.
The signed executive orders can be read in their entirety here: Executive Order No. 1499Executive Order No. 1500Executive Order No 1501Executive Order No. 1502. They will also be available at

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