Joe Biden just got some bad news: If he indeed plans to lock down the country in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, not every state will be participating.
According to the Daily Caller, Mississippi’s Republican governor, Tate Reeves, announced Thursday that his state won’t be taking part in any nationwide lockdowns or mandates brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reeves’ remarks came just days after one of Biden’s top health advisers publicly floated the idea of shutting down the country for up to six weeks, if Congress would fund it.
“We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers, for losses to small companies, to medium-sized companies or city, state, county governments. We could do all of that,” Dr. Michael Osterholm said Wednesday, according to CNBC. “If we did that, then we could lock down for four to six weeks.”
A weeks-long lockdown?
It was an announcement that didn’t sit well with conservatives, including Reeves, who told reporters at a Thursday press conference that his state’s economy can’t just be switched on and off in a snap.
“The people of Mississippi can’t just go home, shut down their small business, shut down their restaurants, shut down their gyms…and just think that you can come back six weeks from now, flip a switch and everything’s going to be fine,” Reeves said, according to a Fox News report cited by the Daily Caller. “That’s not the way the economy works.”
The governor went on: “The fact is, we’re going to try to work with whomever the president is, but we’re not going to participate in a nationwide lockdown.”
Of course, just because Gov. Reeves made it clear that his state won’t be going along with any nationwide lockdowns doesn’t mean he isn’t taking the pandemic seriously. Also at his Thursday presser, Reeves said one of his own daughters has tested positive for the coronavirus disease, but is recovering well, as WJTV reported. His other two daughters remain in self-isolation, Reeves said.
The governor also made note of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases among Mississippians and announced that he is renewing his “Safe Recovery” executive orders for another month to help curb the virus’ spread.
“I know that we are all tired and ready to move on. But the virus is still here,” the governor said, according to WTVA. “It’s still working to infect and kill. We’ve gotten far better at dealing with it, and allowing for life to go on. But we’re not all the way there yet.”
According to Fox, Reeves said “there is nothing that we can do that is foolproof,” but “what we’re talking about is trying to attack it in a number of different ways while we do not allow for the shutdown of our economy.”
“Keep fighting and protecting the most vulnerable in your life. No matter where you are, please do your best to social distance and wear a mask,” he concluded, according to WTVA.