SuperTalk Mississippi
News Politics

Governor expands mask mandate to 78 Mississippi counties

Mississippi seal
Photo by News Mississippi

While he hasn’t issued a statewide mandate, a new order from Governor Tate Reeves will place 78 of Mississippi’s 82 counties under a mask mandate. 

The updated order now includes the following 17 counties: 

Benton, George, Greene, Hancock, Humphreys, Jasper, Leake, Newton, Pike, Quitman, Smith, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Walthall, Warren, Wayne, Wilkinson 

Along with the new additions, the following counties will remain under the mandate until at least January 15th. 

Adams, Alcorn, Amite, Attala, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Coahoma, Copiah, Covington, De Soto, Forrest, Franklin, Grenada, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Itawamba, Jackson, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lafayette, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pearl River, Perry, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, Stone, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Union, Washington, Webster, Winston, Yalobusha, Yazoo 

Despite the absence of a statewide mask mandate, the current order maintains a limit of 10 people for indoor gatherings in Mississippi and 50 people for outdoor gatherings when social distancing is not possible. 

“We all need to be extra aware. You know what to do! Protect yourself and your family.  Stay safe, and Merry Christmas,” Governor Reeves said.

The new order comes ahead of the Christmas holiday which is typically associated with large family get-togethers and travel plans, but this year could look quite different. State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs and other top health experts have urged everyone to stay home and keep celebrations within the nuclear family this year. 

AAA Travel expects that 34 million fewer people may travel this holiday season—a 29% decline from a year ago. 

Stay up to date with all of Mississippi’s latest news by signing up for our free newsletter here

Copyright 2023 SuperTalk Mississippi Media. All rights reserved.

Related posts

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More