Mississippi Becomes First U.S. State to Lift Mask Mandate, Governor Announces
By Fox News // October 1, 2020
Mississippi currently has 98,886 COVID-19 cases, 2,979 deaths
(FOX NEWS) – Mississippi became the first state in the union to lift a mask mandate to curb the spread of the coronavirus, as cases fall.
Mississippi’s statewide mask mandate has been in place since Aug. 4. Gov. Tate Reeves Reeves, a Republican, has chosen to extend the mandate several times since then.
However, on Wednesday, he said the declining number of confirmed virus cases and hospitalizations are positive developments that call for the lifting of some restrictions.
The new executive order ending the statewide mask mandate, effective Wednesday at 5 p.m. and expiring Nov. 11 — after the presidential election — also limits group gatherings where social distancing is not possible to 20 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. These restrictions do not apply to voting precincts, religious entities and schools, according to the order.
According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, 823,185 COVID-19 tests have been performed statewide. Mississippi currently has 98,886 COVID-19 cases and 2,979 deaths.
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