Gov. Tate Reeves announced today that he will be signing a statewide mask mandate for residents in every county in the state. Previously, mask requirements had been in place in about half the counties in the state, which included the most populous counties. 

“Every leading indicator says we are starting to see improvement,” Reeves said. “But that does not mean we can declare victory and take a step back.”

During today’s news conference, Reeves made the announcement along with an update on school reopenings amidst a push by some to delay the start of school or move to virtual only. Some schools will be delayed per an order from Reeves.

The start of school will be delayed for two weeks for grades 7-12 for districts in Bolivar, Coahoma, Forest, George, Hinds, Panola, Sunflower, and Washington counties. The order does not effect private schools.

These counties had more than 200 cases and 500 per 100,000 residents in the last two weeks. 

Additionally, all students and staff will be required to wear masks during school.