Mississippi became the first state in the association to repeal a mask mandate to curb the spread of coronavirus as cases fall.
Mississippi’s all-mask mandate has been in place since August 4th. Government Tate Reeves Reeves, a Republican, has since chosen to extend the mandate several times. However, he said Wednesday that the declining number of confirmed virus cases and hospitalizations is a positive development that requires lifting some restrictions.
The new executive order, which ends the mandate mandate, which enters into force on Wednesday at. 17 and expires on November 11 – after the presidential election – also limits group gatherings where social distance is not possible to 20 people indoors and 1
According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, 823,185 COVID-19 tests have been performed nationwide. Mississippi currently has 98,886 COVID-19 cases and 2,979 deaths.
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“I’m not extending the mandate to the whole mask, but I want to be clear, I still think masks work,” Reeves said. “I think the facts and data throughout this country carry it.”
Reeves said there will still be restrictions on the number of people allowed in restaurants, bars and other businesses. College football games are already taking place in Mississippi, and Reeves said people will still be asked to wear masks while attending games. The annual Mississippi State Fair kicks off next week in Jackson, and masks are also required for this event.
The governor said that if cases of coronavirus start to rise again, he would consider putting a mask mandate back in place. Cities and towns are welcome to introduce their own mask mandates.
“There is a difference between being smart and being a government mandate,” Reeves said. “We have to trust the people of this country to take care of themselves and make wise decisions.