Governor Tate Reeves has announced the extension of a mask mandate covering encompassing nearly all of the state’s 82 counties.
The order, which was set to expire this afternoon, will now run through February 3rd at 5:00 PM. The previous iteration of the order included 78 counties with Adams, Jefferson, Lawrence, Quitman and Wilkinson counties being removed from the list which now includes:
Alcorn, Amite, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clarke, Claiborne, Clay, Coahoma, Copiah, Covington, DeSoto, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Grenada, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Itawamba, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lafayette, Lamar, Lauderdale, Leake, Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Union, Walthall, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Winston, Yalobusha and Yazoo Counties.
“It is important that we continue to take this virus seriously. We are working on getting Mississippians vaccinated, but continue to social distance, keep gatherings small and wear your mask,” Governor Reeves said in a statement.
Public health guidance continues to urge all Mississippians, regardless of location, to wear a mask while in public and avoid large social gatherings.