MS Gov Mandates Face Masks In 13 Counties [VIDEO]

The Biloxi Sun-Herald reports:

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is mandating masks and limiting social gatherings by early next week in Harrison, Jackson and 11 other counties with high spread of COVID-19, he said at his regular news conference Thursday afternoon. He said masks must be worn in these counties in “all shopping environments” and at social gatherings.

Social gatherings in the counties will be limited to 10 indoors and 20 outdoors. There is no change to the current rules for restaurants, casinos or bars.

“But I want to warn everyone, if the number of cases continues to grow then we’re gonna have to look at additional measures.” the governor said. Reeves also said the new mandate will not apply to churches because he does not believe government can restrict religious services.