Gov. Reeves ending statewide mask mandate for Mississippians, issues new order

MISSISSIPPI — Governor Tate Reeves of Mississippi announced Wednesday that the ending of the statewide mask mandate in a press conference.

The current COVID-19 and mask mandate executive orders end today.

He also issued a new executive order to extend some of the COVID-19 safety measures.

The new order includes:

  • Increasing attendance at outdoor K-12 extracurricular events such as football games to 50% of seating capacity
  • Limiting group gatherings when you are unable to social distance to no more than 20 indoors and 100 outdoors
  • Requiring masks for schools and close contact businesses like salons and barbershops.

The order is in effect until Nov. 11 at 5 p.m.

“I have always tried to stress the important balance of this time: we cannot allow our system to collapse, and we should not use the heavy-hand of government more than it is justified,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “We have to tailor our actions to the current threat, and make sure that they do not go beyond what is reasonable.”

For more on the order, visit the state’s website.