The city of Tupelo, Mississippi, will require face coverings at all indoor public spaces and businesses starting at 6 a.m. Monday, they city said in an executive order posted on Facebook.
Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton said his job as mayor is "to keep our community safe, not make easy or politically popular decisions," he wrote on Facebook.
“As we have said from the beginning, we will follow the advice of our health care professionals and we will continue to do so,” Shelton said on Facebook.
Shelton said the city is "committed to listening to our local doctors and health care professionals regarding Covid-19 and we are doing all that we can to keep our community safe," he told CNN over email.
"It is very unfortunate that in today’s political climate and due to the words and actions of some of our political leaders that many Americans simply refuse to believe the urgency and severity of the Covid-19 crisis," Shelton added. "Stable and rational leadership is desperately needed on the national level and in many states across our nation. We should all listen to our health care professionals regarding health care matters."