Mississippi Gov.Tate Reeves has issued a statewide mask mandate for the next two weeks.
“We must pump the brakes in the hardest hit areas,” Reeves said during a news conference Tuesday.
"We are requiring masks in schools for teachers and students. We are also requiring masks at public gatherings statewide for two weeks in a push to allow schools to safely reopen," Reeves said.
Reeves has also delayed the start of in-person learning for grades 7 to 12 in Bolivar, Coahoma, Forrest, George, Hinds, Panola, Sunflower, and Washington counties — areas that are considered hotspots.
He added that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the public health risk of extended school closures outweigh the public health risk of opening them.
The governor added that if there is anything essential in this world, it is our schools.