Mississippi Arts Commission’s Arts Day at the Capitol took place March 5, 2020 at the State Capitol in Jackson, MS. Pictured at left is Ada McGrevey of Decatur, Mississippi Arts Commission Board Member, with Marta Szlubowska, violinist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Szlubowska performed at the Capitol as part of Arts Day.
Gov. Tate Reeves signed a new executive order Tuesday establishing a statewide shelter-in-place for Mississippi to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of Mississippians.
The order will go into effect at 5 p.m. Friday and continue until 8 a.m. Monday, April 20.
Although the legislative session will not reconvene April 1, representatives continue to work from their home districts to make things move as quickly as possible when they return to Jackson. The legislature originally recessed March 18 due to the Covid-19 pandemic with the goal of returning April 1; however, House Speaker Phillip Gunn and Lt.
The Newton County Board of Supervisors declared a civil emergency and has taken measures in county offices to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The Town of Hickory will institute a mandatory curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly beginning Thursday, April 2.
City Clerk Joyce Johnson said no one will be allowed to be on the roads during curfew hours except for police officers and emergency services.
“No one but essential vehicles can be out,” she said.
When Tyler McCaughn was preparing for the 2020 session of the Mississippi Legislature, he thought he had a good idea of what was going on.
The freshman senator representing Newton County thought that mental health and education would be dominating the session. Instead, plans changed immediately.
Mayor Murray Weems has issued a citywide curfew beginning Thursday and continuing through April 16 and banned on public gatherings until further notice to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The curfew will begin at 10 p.m. Thursday and continue each night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.