MS gov. issues mask order for 13 counties including DeSoto

WATCH: Mississippi Governor issues mask order for 13 counties including DeSoto

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is putting in place a mask order for counties that are seeing more cases of the coronavirus. It was announced during his daily news conference.

The order will start next week and comes on the heels of more than 700 new cases in Mississippi for the day. There is also an upswing in the deaths being reported.

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Below is the list of counties affected:

  • Hinds
  • Desoto
  • Harrison
  • Rankin
  • Jackson
  • Washington
  • Sunflower
  • Grenada
  • Madison
  • Claiborne
  • Jefferson
  • Wayne
  • Quitman

The orders are based on greater restrictions they put in place, according to the governor.

They were selected because they were defined as having 200 cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days or they have an average of 500 cases per 100,000 residents in the same time period.

This is what they may look like. (The full executive order has not been completed.):

It will further the limits on social gatherings:

  • No social gatherings of more than 10 indoors, 20 outdoors.
  • People in these counties will be required to wear masks when at public gatherings and while shopping.

The governor reiterated that he believes a statewide mandate is not the right decision and stands by the choice to target localized hot spots instead of across Mississippi.

The orders will not impact restaurants, casinos, or bars. The restrictions for those places of business will remain the same for the time being, according to the governor.

“Please take this as an alarm. Our numbers are getting worse,” Gov. Reeves said.

Gov. Reeves admitted that it will take everyone involved to combat the rising cases.

“Stay safe. Protect your loved ones,” Reeves said.

He is urging everyone to combat this pandemic and that everyone must work together.