Gov. Tate Reeves announced plans today to issue a statewide mandate on masks in retail establishments and at public gatherings.
He also plans to issue an executive order delaying the start of school for grades 7-12 in a handful of counties, included Sunflower County, due to COVID-19 spread.
It’s unclear right now how long this delay will be, but the Sunflower County Consolidated School District already announced a week ago plans to delay instruction to Sept. 8 and to go 100% virtual the first nine weeks.
Reeves’ piecemeal approach to masks began several weeks ago when he announced enhanced restrictions for a number of counties, including Sunflower. That list has grown to about 37 counties.
The list of counties ordered to delay the start of school was much shorter today, and it also included neighboring Bolivar, Coahoma and Washington Counties, which Reeves listed as ongoing hotspots for COVID-19.