A new report says Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said on Thursday that his state will not cooperate with any possible national economic lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Reeves is responding to recent comments made by the consultant president-elect Biden that the United States can manage the epidemic by locking down small and medium-sized companies for up to six weeks.
Mississippi Clarion Ledger reported that the governor said in a Facebook Live video that Dr. Michael Osterholm’s lock-in idea was “completely beyond reasonableness.”
Reeves said: “The people of Mississippi can’t go home and close their small businesses… for six weeks, but just think you can come back six weeks from now, switch, and everything will be fine.”
Reeves said that state and local governments should fight the coronavirus with the support of the federal government.
He said: “I don’t think any president has the constitutional or statutory power to shut down the Mississippi economy,” “If necessary, of course we will fight it.”