Mississippi became the first state in the union to remove the mandate to limit the spread of the coronavirus as cases fell.
The Mississippi mask mandate is in effect from August 4. Gov. Tate Reeves Reeves, a Republican, has chosen to extend his term several times since. On Wednesday, however, he said the declining number of confirmed virus cases and hospitalizations were positive developments that required some restrictions to be lifted.
The new executive order, which terminates the mandate of the mask for the whole country, enters into force on Wednesday at 17:00 and expires on November 11 – after the presidential election – also limits group gatherings where social distancing is not possible to 20 people. indoors and 1
According to the Mississippi Department of Health, 823,185 tests for COVID-19 were performed nationwide. There are currently 98,886 COVID-19 cases and 2,979 deaths in Mississippi.
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“I’m not extending the state’s mandate for masks, but I want to be clear, I still believe masks work,” Reeves said. “I think the facts and the data across the country confirm that.”
Reeves said there would still be limits on the number of people allowed into 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 matches. The annual Mississippi State Fair kicks off next week in Jackson, and masks will be required for the event.
The governor said that if coronavirus cases started to increase again, he would consider returning the mandate to its place. Cities and towns are welcome to introduce their own mandates.
“There is a difference between being wise and being a government mandate,” Reeves said. “We have to trust the people in this country to take care of themselves and make wise decisions.