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March 2, 2021 5:08 PM

Gov. Reeves Lifts Mask Mandate & Business Restrictions

Governor Tate Reeves is lifting most COVID-19 restrictions because of the low number of people in the hospital with the virus. Reeves said the restrictions were to prevent our hospital system from getting overwhelmed.

Starting 5pm March 3 – Executive Order 1549 goes into effect.
Here are key bullet points:
*All county mask mandates removed - people are still encouraged to follow CDC guidelines which include masks and social distancing.
*No restrictions on businesses - Business and municipalities can impose more restrictive policies if they want
*Businesses and organizations or encouraged to make “reasonable, good-faith efforts to comply with CDC’s and MSDH regulations and guideline to prevent the spread of COVID-19”
*K-12 schools: Masks are still required. Gov. Reeves said this will allow students to continue to attend school in person safely.
-Outdoor venue attendance limited to 50% capacity
-Indoor Attendance limited to 25% capacity
*Indoor arenas limited to 50% capacity. Club and Suites are 75% capacity.

*Health Department recommendation: “Mississippi residents age 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.

*700,000 vaccines administered so far in Mississippi.

*The state received 24,000 vaccinations of Johnson & Johnson (A one-dose vaccine)
*Currently it is only available at four state vaccination sites.
-March 4 in Madison and Lauderdale counties
-March 5 at Lowndes and Jones Counties
Appointments can be made online at

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