Mississippi has become the next state to announce a full repeal of mask mandates and occupancy restrictions at businesses. Governor Tate Reeves made the declaration Tuesday afternoon.
This new executive order will replace the current restrictions set to expire Wednesday evening.
"Today, I signed what I expect will be one of my last executive orders regarding COVID-19. Our hospitalizations have plummeted, and our case numbers have fallen dramatically as well. In fact, our case numbers have fallen to the point where no county meets the original criteria for a mask mandate," Reeves said in a briefing.
Much like Texas, where Governor Abbott announced a rescinding of the state mask mandate and occupancy restrictions, Reeves said that autonomous businesses may continue to set their own rules and regulations. Mississippians are encouraged to wear face coverings and continue listening to state health officials, even if they are no longer required to by law.
"Everyone should continue to listen to (State Health Officer Dr. Thomas) Dobbs and other health advisors for the best possible wisdom regarding how you can personally stem any risk of catching COVID," Reeves said. "Their insight is valuable. The only rules that will remain in this order are a capacity limit of 50% on indoor arenas, and those that govern K-12 schools."
Those rules apply to schools that cannot guarantee appropriate physical distancing.