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Remember: A Safe Business is Good for Business

On March 14, 2020, Governor Reeves issued a statewide safer-at-home-order. On May 4 2020, Governor Reeves issued a revision to that order that provided guidance to restaurants reopening on May 7, 2020.

Q: What is Executive Order 1477?

A:  This statewide safer-at-home order, as issued by the Governor, was instituted to provide guidance to restaurants on reopening to the public effective at 8:00am on Thursday May 7, 2020.

Q: Effective May 7, 2020, can I then go into the restaurants in my community?

A:  Yes, the executive order does allow for the partial reopening of in-house or outdoor dining for restaurants and bars which also sell food.

Q: Am I required to wear a mask?

A:  No, under the new order, there is no mask requirement for patrons although all employees of a restaurant that come in proximity of a customer must wear a mask at all times.

Q: How do I know if my local restaurant is safe to visit?

A:  The spirit of the order and the restaurateurs of our State only want to provide food safely.  They will provide and enforce all necessary measures to include, but are not limited to, social distancing, PPE, hygiene protocols, screenings, sanitation, as well as many other protective measures designed for the safety of patrons and employees.

Q: How will my restaurant accommodate for social distancing?

A:  Floor plans will be updated to ensure adequate space between parties/groups whether dining indoor or outdoor.

Q: Will social distancing still be required by all?

A:  Yes, social distancing is still required between different parties.  To that end, parties are limited to no more than six individuals and restaurants can only utilize 50% of their formal capacity.

Q: Can I go to the bar and listen to some live music?

A:  No, only bars which sell food are permitted to open at this time.  No live music is allowed at this time.

Q: How long will this order and these rules last?

A:  The Governor will reevaluate the order or it will end at 8:00am on Monday May 11, 2020.