Mississippi lifts all COVID-19 restrictions except masks in schools

JACKSON, MISS. — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has lifted all of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions except one.

Masks are still required to be worn by everyone inside a school building through the end of the 2020-2021 academic school year.

“Face coverings should be worn while inside school buildings and classrooms whenever it is not possible to maintain social distancing,” the new order says.

Reeves issued the new executive order Friday. It is set to go into effect at 5 p.m., which is when the previous order ends.

This new executive order repeals all prior orders.

All indoor and outdoor venue capacity restrictions have been lifted (including for K-12 events).

“Getting our kids back in school last August was one of the most important decisions of the pandemic and keeping them in the classroom is one of my top priorities,” Reeves said. “Even so - our class of 2021 has not been afforded a normal senior year. I want every one of them to attend their graduation and I want everyone in their family to be able to join them!”

Businesses are allowed to choose to implement their own policies requiring customers and employees to wear masks.

The new order recommends that people continue to follow the CDC and MSDH guidelines on safety, including wearing a mask in all public spaces, social distancing, and hand-washing.

The order states that Mississippi has seen a sharp decline in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations since mid-January and more than a million Mississippians have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 715,000 people in Mississippi are fully vaccinated.

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