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Mississippi cities begin implementing mask mandates with rise in cases

By: Sarah Ulmer - August 3, 2021

Mississippi cities have begun to respond to the increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the state. While many are now operating as normal without additional orders from the Governor’s office, some have chosen to implement mask mandates.

Cities with Mask Mandates in Mississippi: 

Jackson – Mask mandate has continued since start of the pandemic

Gulfport – Masks required inside of city buildings

Long Beach – Masks required inside of city buildings

Moss Point – Masks required inside of city buildings

Gautier – Masks required inside city buildings

Major cities without mask mandates: 

Ocean Springs

School districts are currently making their own decisions as to whether they will require masks for students and administration with the start of school around the corner.

The Vicksburg school district is among those that will require students to wear masks. Additionally, Lamar County schools, Poplarville, Pascagoula-Gautier, Gulfport, Pass Christian, Moss Point and Brookhaven school districts have all adopted some form of mask mandate with students returning to school.

Lamar County shut down Oak Grove High School and Purvis High School after starting school at the end of July as they saw increased cases in-person. They will remain virtual until August 16.

RELATED: MSDH recommends schools return in August fully masked regardless of vaccination status

The MSDH recently recommended that schools require everyone, including those who have already been vaccinated, to wear masks indoors at all times. However, Governor Reeves has said he will not be issuing mandates.

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Sarah Ulmer

Sarah is a Mississippi native, born and raised in Madison. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where she studied Communications, with an emphasis in Broadcasting and Journalism. Sarah’s experience spans multiple mediums, including extensive videography with both at home and overseas, broadcasting daily news, and hosting a live radio show. In 2017, Sarah became a member of the Capitol Press Corp in Mississippi and has faithfully covered the decisions being made by leaders on some of the most important issues facing our state. Email Sarah: