DeSoto County residents react to new face mask requirement

WATCH: DeSoto County residents react to new face mask requirement

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — Desoto County is near the top in coronavirus cases in Mississippi. As of Monday, there are 2009 cases of COVID-19 in the county with 20 deaths from the virus.

Governor Tate Reeves issued an executive order calling on store employees and customers to wear masks in DeSoto and 12 other counties. Some told FOX13 they believe it should make a difference.

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One man who would not go on camera said the mask requirement was an infringement on his liberties and he would not shop in any of the counties where the mask requirement was going into effect.

Hernando’s David Rucker didn’t have his mask on while pumping gas but said should he go in the store, he would put one on even though he didn’t like wearing it.

“Well, I think it is a good thing for right now,” he said. “We need to get serious. I know they want us serious for a couple of weeks to see if this thing can start to go away. It’ll be a while, but we gotta do what we gotta do.”

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The mask mandate has no teeth, and there is no fine for not wearing one. As a matter of fact, inside a number of businesses FOX13 entered in the Hernando area customers were not wearing them.

Montrell Harris said he has had several friends who caught COVID-19 and it won't be him.

“Most people say that it affects their upper respiratory system like they had trouble breathing and sore throats and things like that,” said Harris.

Harris said he knew this day was coming.

“Most places have made it mandatory to have a mask on. I was pretty sure they were going to do that real soon,” he said.

Governor Tate Reeves said even stricter measures could follow if the state’s numbers do not begin to go down.

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