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Mississippi Law / Mandate
(N95, KN95, 3-PLY Surgical Masks, Cloth Masks)

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Do I have to wear a mask? Every person in Mississippi shall wear a face covering, covering the nose and mouth, while inside a business, school or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space whenever it is not possible to maintain a minimum of six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household, except face coverings are not required for the following:

 

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Executive Order No. 1516

August 4th 2020

WHEREAS, on March 14, 2020, pursuant to the Constitution of the State of Mississippi and Miss. Code Ann. § 33-15-l l (b)(l7), I issued a Proclamation declaring that a State of Emergency exists in the State of Mississippi as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency for COVID-19 beginning on January 27, 2020, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic, and on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a nationwide state of emergency due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 and the effects of its extreme risk of person-to- . person transmission throughout the United States and Mississippi significantly impact the life and health of our people, as well as the economy of Mississippi; and

WHEREAS, on March 26, 2020, the Mississippi State Department of Health announced new and expanded measures to increase testing and data analysis to identify regions and localities that are at higher risk for transmission of COVID-19 and to provide more location-specific restrictions and limitation of movement and social interaction to combat the virus in those regions and localities; and

WHEREAS, on May 28, 2020, I issued Executive Order 1492 establishing the statewide Safe Return order to. restart the economy, open all businesses and non-profits operating within the State of Mississippi, and permit the resumption of community activities subject to limitations to minimize person to person interactions and associated risk of transmission of COVID-19 effective 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020, and remaining in full force and effect until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2020;and

WHEREAS, the Safe Return instituted in Executive Order 1492, as amended and extended by Executive Orders 1496, 1500, 1505, 1508, 1511 and 1514 has been extended and remains in full force and effect until 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 17, 2020, unless it is modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded; and

WHEREAS, due to the recent increases in the daily number of COVID-19 positive cases, the COVID- 19 positivity rate, hospitalizations resulting from COVID-19 and ICU utilization by COVID-19 positive patients, further measures are necessary to achieve the least restrictive means for reducing the community transmission of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, I have joined the President of the United States, the members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the vast majority of medical experts in encouraging people to wear face coverings while in public, and the Mississippi State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have repeatedly emphasized that wearing face coverings in public is one of the most important and effective tools for reducing the community transmission of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, wearing a face covering is important not only to protect oneself, but also to avoid unknowingly harming our fellow Mississippians through the asymptomatic community transmission ofCOVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the key to reducing the community transmission of COVID-19 and keeping all Mississippi businesses and schools open is for all Mississippians to consistently wear a face covering in public, to practice social distancing from persons not in the same household and to maintain good hand hygiene; and

WHEREAS, Mississippi must protect lives while restoring livelihoods, both of which can be achieved with the expert advice of medical professionals and business leaders.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Tate Reeves; Governor of the State of Mississippi, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Mississippi, and in consultation with the State Health Officer do hereby order and direct as follows:

I. Executive Order 1492, as previously amended and extended by Executive Orders 1496, 1500, 1505, 1508, 1511 and 15I 4 is further amended as follows:

  • a. Every person in Mississippi shall wear a face covering, covering the nose and mouth, while inside a business, school or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space whenever it is not possible to maintain a minimum of six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household, except face coverings are not required for the following:
    • 1. Persons who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical or behavioral condition, who have trouble breathing or are incapacitated, or whose healthcare professional has recommended that a face covering not be worn;
    • ii. Persons seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired in a way that requires the mouth to be visible;
    • iii. Persons while eating or drinking;
    • iv. Persons in a building or engaged in an activity that utilizes or requires security surveillance or screening (e.g., banking or financial institutions), and only during such times when these persons are under security surveillance or screening;
    • v. Persons engaged in swimming activities or other activities while in a swimming pool;
    • vi. Persons engaged in exercising in fitness and exercise gyms or other sports activity;
    • vii. Persons engaged in organized school athletic practices, including weight training;
    • viii. Persons while giving a speech, presentation or performance for a broadcast or to an audience;
    • ix. Persons actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship (NOTE wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged);
    • x. Children under the age of six (6) (NOTE parents and guardians shall be responsible for ensuring proper use of face coverings by children six (6) years of age and older and must ensure that face coverings do not pose a choking hazard and can be safely worn without obstructing a child' s ability to breathe.); and
    • xi. Other settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering, including, but not limited to, when obtaining or rendering goodsor services (such as receipt of dental services) or would otherwise impede visibility to operate equipment.
II. This Executive Order shall be effective at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, and shall remain in full force and effect until 8:00 a.m. on Monday , August 17, 2020, unless it is modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded.