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September 15, 2020 10:52 AM

Exemptions from Governor's Mask Mandates

Governor Tate Reeves mask orders include 10 provisions allowing exemption from mask regulations.
Face coverings/masks are not required for the following:
1. Person who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical or behavioral condition, who have trouble breathing or are incapacitated, who whose healthcare professional has recommended that a face covering not be worn.
2. Persons seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired in a way that requires the mouth to be visible
3. Persons while eating or drinking
4. Persons in a building or engaged in an activity that utilizes or requires security surveillance or screening (e.g., banking or financial institutions) and only during such times when these person are under security surveillance or screening.
5. Persons engaged in swimming activities or other activities while in a swimming pool.
6. Persons engaged in exercising in fitness and exercise gyms or other sports activity.
7. Persons while giving a speech, presentation, or performance for a broadcast or to an audience.
8. Persons actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship. (NOTE wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged )
9. Children under the age of six (6) (NOTE parents and guardians shall be responsible for ensuring proper use of face coverings by children six (6) years of age and older must ensure that face coverings do not pose a choking hazard and can be safely worn without obstructing a child’s ability to breathe.
10. Other settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering, including, but not limited to, when obtaining or rendering goods for services (such as receipt of dental services) or would otherwise impede visibility to operate equipment.

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