Barker: Hattiesburg mask order will remain in effect for ‘foreseeable future’

Barker: Hattiesburg mask order will remain in effect for ‘foreseeable future’
Mask Up, HBURG encourages residents to wear masks to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Source: Mask Up, HBURG)

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - People living in and visiting Hattiesburg will be required to “mask-up”, despite Gov. Tate Reeves announcing an end to the statewide mask mandate on Tuesday.

Reeves announced during a news conference Tuesday he signed an executive order that will end the statewide mask mandate and replace all current executive orders related to COVID-19 with “recommendations.”

Shortly after the governor’s announcement, Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker announced the city’s mask order will remain in effect for the “foreseeable future.”

Barker said the decision to keep the mask mandate was made based on the number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths in the community.

“We’re not out of this yet and moving too quickly could undo progress in our community,” Barker said.

Barker said he plans to sign a new order Wednesday that will follow some of the state’s recommendations for business capacity and operation hours.

You can watch Barker’s full briefing below:

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