Tattoo shops in Miss. are reopening. Casinos scheduled to reopen this week.
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The governor is paving the way for more businesses to reopen as officials continue to work to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. MPB’s Ashley Norwood reports.

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Mississippi’s tattoo industry is getting the green-light from Governor Tate Reeves. On Friday, Reeves amended his “Safer-At-Home” order to allow tattoo parlors to re-open, effective immediately, with health guidelines very similar to those for salons and barber shops.

He made the announcement at his daily news briefing.

“It is an effort to affirm that there is no such thing as a nonessential business to those workers who rely on it’s paycheck for food and shelter,” said Reeves.

Governor Reeves also announced casinos can reopen Thursday with fewer people allowed inside due to social distancing and strict guidelines for workers.

At the news briefing, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs they’re working on a plan to test 27,000 employees and residents at Mississippi’s nursing homes. He says at least 47% of coronavirus deaths have occurred in those environments.

“It’s such a high impact area where we can do a lot of good at preventing transmission. We are implementing our aggressive two week strategy to test every single nursing home in the state of Mississippi both employee and resident in the next couple of weeks,” said Dobbs.

The governor’s Safer-At-Home order ends Monday May 25.