Use of face masks expanding

Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 4:07 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Face coverings will now be required inside all of Mississippi State University’s campus buildings.

In a memo to staff, the university said that based on the current rise in COVID-19 cases throughout Oktibbeha County and the Golden Triangle, masks will be mandatory beginning June 30, 2020. 

Employees may remove their face coverings in their individual office or at their workspace if they can maintain appropriate physical distance from all other individuals.  

Employees who need a facemask/face covering should contact their building manager.

Meanwhile, the city of Jackson will be issuing tickets to people who don’t wear a mask in public. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba is taking the action after a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Mississippi.

“We have to address this now,” Lumumba said.

Lumumba says a new executive order will be put in place soon that will crack down on people wearing face masks in public places. This means police officers will be handing out citations to those not wearing masks in public.

“It has been our goal not to criminalize this matter, and our police department will be doing this in the most humane and effective way,” he said. “But at the same time it is critical that we protect ourselves. It is critical that we protect our residents.”

Lumumba says the city will also take action against businesses that are not requiring people to wear masks inside their establishments.

“We could shut you down if you’re not adhering to this,” he said.

Lumumba said these actions are being taken to prevent the need to shut the city down entirely.

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