Gov. Tate Reeves announced a new executive order Tuesday that requires every Mississippian to wear a mask at public gatherings and when shopping for the next two weeks.
The announcement comes as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to surge and more than 1 in 5 COVID-19 tests in Mississippi are coming back positive, a staggering rate that indicates rampant infection.
Reeves said wearing a mask is irritating, but important to stop the spread of coronavirus.
“I hate it more than anybody watching today,” Reeves said at a press conference.
Asked about the timing of the mandate, Reeves said he is issuing the executive order because people are already following it.