Friday, May 15, 2020

The Return of the Squench

Tattoo parlors can reopen, Fishing tourneys allowed. 

Governor Tate Reeves is holding is daily Covid-19 briefing.  It is live-streamed below.

* State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said majority of deaths recently have been in nursing homes.  14 hospitals have received a shipment of Remdesivir. He said he was not "concerned with overcounting because most deaths have a confirmed lab report." He also said Jackson hospital capacity is reaching its normal levels due to the resumption of normal operations, not covid-19 outbreaks.

Dr. Dobbs also said he expects a second wave in the fall.

* Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement.

Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced the next step for Mississippi to continue safely reopening the state's economy and getting people back to work while flattening the curve of COVID-19. 

Working to protect the lives of Mississippians as well as their livelihoods, Governor Reeves consulted with state health officials to build on the state's measured, strategic plan to reopen our economy while protecting public health. In a new executive order, the Governor lays out strict social distancing guidelines and sanitation protocols for tattoo parlors to begin reopening today.

"Our safer-at-home order does not expire until May 25th, but I don’t want to wait if there are things that we can safely do to allow people to return to work. To that end, I signed a new executive order today. It allows tattoo parlors to re-open with health guidelines that are very similar to those for salons and barbers. It is an effort to affirm that there is no such thing as a nonessential business to those workers who rely on its paycheck for food and shelter," said Governor Tate Reeves.

Having worked closely with the Mississippi Gaming Commission on mapping out the reopening of casinos throughout the state, Governor Reeves also announced that they have established a date for them to safely reopen following strict guidelines for casino workers.

"I want to also update the people of Mississippi on another reopening. We’ve been working with the Mississippi Gaming Commission, and they have set a date and guidelines for casino workers to safely return to work. It won’t be at full capacity and there are social distancing rules in place. But it is a progress for an industry that employs thousands of Mississippians," said Governor Reeves.

Governor Reeves announced his new executive order and casino reopenings at his daily press briefing today, which you can view on our Facebook page here.

The strict social distancing guidelines implemented under Executive Order No. 1486 to safely reopen tattoo parlors include:

For businesses:
  • Before they can reopen, the tattoo parlor must be deep-cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized top to bottom. After opening, tattoo parlors must be deep-cleaned daily.
  • All tattoo parlors are expected to take every step necessary to implement the regulations, orders, and guidance from the Mississippi State Department of Health and CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Services are allowed only by appointment. No walk-in customers at this time.
  • Minimizing person-to-person contact through technology, like mobile or online reservations and contact-less payment, is encouraged.
  • Tattoo parlors must post signage at each entrance stating no customer with a fever or COVID-19 symptoms are allowed in.
  • Only one customer per employee is allowed in the tattoo parlor at any given time.
  • Tattooing and piercing around the mouth and nose are prohibited.
  • Chairs are to be rearranged to ensure at least 6 feet between each customer.
  • Chair and workstations must be sanitized after each use by a customer.
  • All high-touch areas must be sanitized at least once every two hours.
  • Hand sanitizer must be placed at all entrances.
For employees:
  • All employees will be screened daily at the beginning of their shifts, including asking whether they have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have they had a fever in the last 48 hours.
  • All employees must be provided training on how to limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • Face coverings must be provided to all employees who come in direct contact with customers. Employees are encouraged to wear face shields while tattooing a customer.
  • Employees must also wear disposable gloves and change them between customers, as well as wash their hands between every customer.
For customers:
  • All waiting areas are to remain closed. Customers must wait in their vehicles until their appointment time and they are called for screening before entering.
  • Customers must sanitize their hands when entering and exiting.
  • All customers must be screened upon entry.
  • Customers must wear a face covering, such as a cloth mask, while inside at all times.
The new executive order also enables restaurants that do not serve alcohol to offer in-house dining to the public 24 hours a day and allows dance studies to open following the same guidelines as gyms.

For outdoor recreation, the hours of operation restriction on parks previously implemented under Executive Order No. 1478 are removed and will be established by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks or local authorities. The prohibition on fishing tournaments under Executive Order No. 1473 is also removed.


Anonymous said...

Upbeat Friday afternoon presser

Bullet points from state health officer Dobbs:

-This is a nursing home epidemic
-Hospital utilization is stable and within capacity
-Survivability for this virus is extremely high

Bullet point from the Guv:
-use common sense and personal responsibility

My take: time to move on folks

Anonymous said...

Can we burn a brush pile yet?

Anonymous said...

Last I checked, the burn ban was lifted just a few days after the Governor ordered it.

Anonymous said...

Betcha Thomas is going to be first in line to get a tattoo of Tater on his butt!

Tater and Thomas show M-F @ 2:30. Don't miss the next comedy hour!

Anonymous said...

" All high-touch areas must be sanitized ".

Good idea, but it does not effect those of us that never have gotten a tat on our "high-touch" areas.

Anonymous said...

tattoos,........................ the poor mans plastic surgery

Ink Fan said...

No tattooing or piercing around the mouth or nose.

This will effectively cripple the industry.

Anonymous said...

A decent tattooist (even an indecent one) could make a fortune at any of the state prison locations. These people need income!

Anonymous said...

I get a kick out seeing mug shots of people with neck tats.

How much does a neck tattoo cost ?

Don't Judge Me By My Legislator's Car Tag said...

Summa them gals that worked at Danny's had mighty interesting tattoos in mighty interesting places. I don't know how these artists concentrated.

Anonymous said...

2:52 pm

53% aren't nursing home related.

Survivability stats are very unreliable right now. Unless the corpse was known to have CV 19, no deaths in December, January, February or March and even in April that could have been attributed to a blood clod, heart attack,or worse brain swelling and inflammation in children were counted.

What is it you ( and Dr. Dobbs) don't understand about not enough tests and tests that have now been proved inaccurate?

Why is the shortage of disinfectants and N95 masks ignored? How will businesses adequately disinfect without adequate and continuous supplies?

I agree our hospitals have thankfully not been overwhelmed. I agree in common sense safety but see little of it.

I'm happy to go out safely but I'm having a helluva time feeling safe since others are violating safety standards. Lord knows just the ones who don't know a mask needs to cover their nose are too numerous to count as are the ones touching their gloved hand that opened the door on every surface including their own damn faces.

My thanks to the businesses who are safety conscious and have made sure their employees understand and follow good sanitation procedures. I wish there were more of you.

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