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No more masks in JDC

Gov. Tate Reeves has signed a new executive order related to COVID-19. It removes all county mask mandates and allows businesses to operate without restrictions. Individual businesses may enact limits as they see fit.

The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. Mar. 3 and will be in effect until Mar. 31.

“Today, I signed what I expect will be one of my last executive orders regarding COVID-19, said Gov. Reeves.

“Our hospitalizations have plummeted, and our case numbers have fallen dramatically as well. In fact, our case numbers have fallen to the point where no county meets the original criteria for a mask mandate.”

“Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules. Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time!”

K-12 schools will still require a mask where social distancing is not possible.

Seating for K-12 extracurricular activities at outdoor venues is now set at 50% capacity and 25% maximum seating capacity inside.

Seating capacity for indoor bowl and arena seating is now increased to 50%.

Reeves said he left some limits in place for K-12 schools because of the importance of having children in school, receiving a quality education with their peers.

“We will heed to the Governor’s new executive order,” said Jefferson Davis County Board President Bobby Rushing.

“Masks will no longer be required in Jefferson Davis County, but we strongly recommend still wearing the masks in county buildings.”

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs noted the good news of a new tool of a third single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. The state is to receive 24,000 of those this week.

Forty-five percent of people 65 and older in Mississippi have received at least one dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Outbreaks at long-term care facilities have also declined since the vaccine became available.

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, all Mississippi residents aged 65 or older, or 16 and older with serious chronic medical conditions, should avoid all social gatherings outside of the household or any in-person mass gathering, including religious ceremonies, or sporting events, until fully protected by an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Full vaccine effectiveness occurs two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and 28 days after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.