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Bland leaves executive order on masks in place

Meridian Mayor Percy Bland announced Wednesday morning that he is leaving in place a local...
Meridian Mayor Percy Bland announced Wednesday morning that he is leaving in place a local executive order requiring masks in public places where social distancing is not possible. That order is in effect until Mar. 31.
Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 11:17 AM CST
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian Mayor Percy Bland announced Wednesday morning that he is leaving in place a local executive order requiring masks in public places where social distancing is not possible. That order is in effect until Mar. 31.

Bland said the city of Meridian is not at the point to lift coronavirus restrictions. But he says we are getting there. He noted Lauderdale County had 1,373 cases and 32 deaths from COVID in January, compared to 430 cases and 20 deaths reported in February,

Despite the progress, Bland says the risk of getting infected is still a real threat.
In order to have festivals and events this summer, the mayor says he has to make decisions in the city’s best interest.
“We’re going to continue to make decisions that are very tough to make. But at the end of the day, the safety and welfare of our citizens and what’s best for us will be at the forefront,” Bland said.
The mayor said the city will follow the governor’s capacity guidelines. The order in Meridian will remain in effect until Mar. 31.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has lifted his state order.

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