ALL Mississippi Residents Must Now Wear Face Masks for Two Weeks

( On Tuesday, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced that a state-wide mask mandate would be put in place that requires residents to cover their face not just when indoors, but also outdoors. The mandate stipulates that people should wear a mask in any place where social distancing is not possible.

It’s likely to upset and anger a lot of people, but it’s important to note that in indoor places where social distancing is possible, the mask mandate doesn’t apply.

“Up to this point, we’ve kept the focus on counties with the highest spread,” Governor Reeves said. “Now, with a two-week push, I believe we can have the maximum effect and allow for education to occur.

The mandate is by no means permanent, and the specification that this is a single two-week push is an interesting one. It means that the governor is looking for ways to reduce the spread and keep on top of the state’s infection rate. If after two weeks that number goes down, then the mandate will presumably be withdrawn.

President Donald Trump has been calling on his supporters recently to consider wearing a mask where possible. It’s not the most popular policy among Republican crowds, but the fact is that independent voters consider this an important step and regardless of what individuals Republicans might think about it…it’s an election strategy. Without masks, many people feel unsafe.

“This has always been about getting the most possible cooperation from the people of Mississippi and I believe that there is enough motivation to safely get out kids in schools that we can really juice participation throughout our state for this period,” he added.

Reeves also signed an executive order that delays the reopening of schools, but only for upper grades, in the counties hit the hardest by the virus. By wearing masks, it’s hopeful that the schools in Washington, Sunflower, Panola, George, Forest, Coahoma, and Bolivar, will be able to open in the coming months as soon as the infection rate has gone done somewhat.

Reeves also said that the wearing of masks could help facilitate the reopening of college football games, and that he recognizes wearing a mask is a nuisance.

“I know that I want to see college football in the fall. The best way for that to occur is for us all to recognize that wearing a mask, as irritating as it can be, and I promise you I hate it more than anybody watching today, it is critical,” he said.