‘It is time!’ Mississippi governor to end mask mandate & lift all Covid-19 business restrictions, following Texas’ lead
“Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules,” Reeves said in a tweet on Tuesday.
Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time!
Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules. Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time!— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 2, 2021
The governor said he signed “what I expect will be one of my last executive orders regarding Covid-19” on Tuesday, which will replace the restrictions currently in place with “recommendations” starting Wednesday, with the exception of a rule limiting indoor arenas to 50-percent capacity, as well as restrictions on K-12 schools.
We’ve been among the 4 or 5 most open states throughout this crisis, and we’ve been rewarded for it with more jobs and economic recovery. That’s not because what we put in place was a light burden. It’s only because the rest of the country was so harsh. That’s good, but...— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 2, 2021
Reeves nonetheless urged Mississippians to practice social distancing, wear masks and follow other health guidelines amid the pandemic, while State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs said the health department is still “strongly recommending” that those aged 65 and older avoid social gatherings until they receive a vaccine.Also on rt.com Six-week lockdown? Not on my watch! Mississippi governor vows to FIGHT as Biden adviser floats nationwide Covid-19 shutdown
Mississippi’s first emergency declaration came on March 14, 2020, days after the state detected its first coronavirus infections, followed by a stay-at-home order on April 2 that shuttered non-essential businesses and left lesser restrictions in place after it expired. Its first mask mandate came in July, and has been applied only to specific counties with rising infection rates.
The announcement closely followed Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s lifting of most coronavirus restrictions across the Lone Star State, allowing businesses to reopen at 100-percent capacity and ending a statewide mask mandate in place since July.Also on rt.com Texas gov lifts mask mandate & OKs businesses to operate at 100% capacity
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