Mississippi abandoned its Covid-19 mask mandate shortly after Texas lifted its own executive order.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said starting Wednesday his state would lift the mandate in addition to allowing businesses to operate at full capacity.
“From tomorrow we will lift all our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state imposed rules,” he said. ad. “Our hospitalizations and the number of cases have dropped, and the vaccine is being distributed quickly. It’s time!”
Reeves’ announcement comes just after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he was lifting his state’s mask mandate and trade capacity restrictions, though Abbott’s executive order only goes into effect. next week.
The timing of both announcements suggests the governors are talking to each other and are likely being pushed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has taken the first major steps against mask warrants.
“We are in an oasis of freedom in a nation that suffers from the yoke of oppressive lockdowns,” the governor said in a recent CPAC speech. “We look around in other parts of our country, and in far too many places we see schools closed, businesses closed and lives destroyed.”
“And while so many governors over the past year have continued to lock people up, Florida has uplifted people.
In November, DeSantis blocked local governments from enforcing their own mask warrants statewide in Sunshine and said Florida would not pass another statewide lockdown.
“The governor is not going to lock up and hurt families who cannot afford shelter in place for six weeks, especially not for a virus which has a survival rate of 99.8%,” his office said. at the time.
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