City’s Mask Ordinance Remains In Effect

WATER VALLEY – Although Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves allowed the statewide mask mandate to expire Wednesday, Sept. 30, a city ordinance in Water Valley requiring masks or face coverings remains in effect. The ordinance was adopted by the Water Valley Board of Aldermen in July and requires masks or face coverings in all businesses open to the pubic. Employees in the businesses  are required to wear a face covering or mask while working within six feet of the public. Customers are also required to wear masks or face coverings.
Mayor Donald Gray told the Herald last week that the topic is expected to be on the Oct. 6 city board meeting agenda. Gray also said the ordinance will remain in effect until aldermen vote to rescind it.
“The ordinance in the city is separate from the state mandate,” Gray added.
The city meeting was underway at press-time.
A similar ordinance also remains in effect in the Town of Coffeeville. There is no mask ordinance in the county.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the county is up to 453 in Yalobusha County with 14 deaths attributed to the virus. The graph (left) shows the number of cases since mid-May have increased at a steady rate with the most cases reported in July. A monthly analysis shows there were six cases in the county in March, 20 new cases in April, 74  in May, 67 in June, 151 in July, 62 in August and 75 in September. Four new cases have been reported in the first four days of October.
Reeves’ decision last week to lift the mandate makes Mississippi the first state to end the public health measure.

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