Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has said that the state will not participate in a national lockdown if one is mandated, as has been suggested by a potential member of Joe Biden's coronavirus task force.
Dr. Michael Osterholm suggested during a Wednesday interview with Yahoo Finance that a four- to six-week shutdown of businesses could lower infection rates for COVID-19.
Reeves said during a Facebook Live interview that his state would not participate in a national lockdown, citing the economic impact.
"This notion that one of his advisers has said that all we really need is a six-week national lockdown and we can slow down the spread of this virus is totally and completely beyond reasonableness," Reeves said. "...The people of Mississippi can't just go home and shut down their small businesses ... for six weeks, and just think that you can come back six weeks from now, flip a switch and everything's gonna be fine. That's not the way the economy works."
Reeves said pandemic protocol should be handled at a state and local level
"I don't believe there is any constitutional or statutory authority for any president to shut down Mississippi's economy," Reeves said. "We will certainly fight that if it becomes necessary."