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Face masks now required in Tupelo

Updated - Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton has signed an executive order mandating that all people wear masks when in businesses within the city limits. This comes after coronavirus cases in the city nearly doubled in a single week.

Posted: Jun 27, 2020 12:09 AM
Updated: Jun 29, 2020 9:56 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Face masks are now mandatory in the city of Tupelo.

Mayor Jason Shelton signed an executive order on Friday that mandates masks in businesses inside the city limits.

The order went into effect Monday at 6 a.m.

According to the order, the purpose is to encourage voluntary compliance in wearing masks in businesses and indoor public places.

The order requires businesses to post signs requiring masks.

It also asks business owners to ask people to leave if they aren't wearing a face covering.

Shelton said the city’s coronavirus cases nearly doubled in number from about 600 last week to over 1,000 now.

He said it is time to take more action.

“It would be prudent to issue an executive order to mandate the wearing of masks here in the city of Tupelo,” said Shelton.

“Now if he says we have to have it, I’ll wear it because that is what has to be done to get the numbers down, because every day our numbers are going higher and higher and higher, because common sense is not being used,” said citizen Torrie Robertson.

There are some exceptions to the mandate. They include medical conditions, religious reasons and children under the age of twelve.

As with any executive order, there are people who are for it and people who don't exactly see eye to eye with it. Like Nutrishop owner, Adam Richardson.

"First reaction was, I get it. I understand there’s a virus going on, but I think that people should have a chance to choose for themselves what they want to do," Richardson said.

Richardson is especially against turning paying customers away if they come in without a mask on.

"It would be very hard to turn someone away because they’re not wearing a mask," Richardson said. "If it makes them feel safer, for sure wear a mask, but to turn someone away because it’s their choice not to wear a mask? No, I wouldn’t do that."

On the flipside is Reed's. When president and CEO Jack Reed heard about the order his reaction was:

"Delighted, we’ve continued to require for both customers and our staff 100 percent of the time," Reed said. "We have them available at our front door, if someone doesn’t have one we’ve got one for them."

Reed said they haven’t had too many problems with the mask requirements, he recalled maybe two patrons that wouldn’t wear the masks they provided. However, to him, it’s about protecting his staff and his employees. 

"It’s just a matter of mutual respect and say look this is an unusual year, it’s not going to be forever," Reed said. "But until we get the cases to go down, this is just how we have to treat each other. We’re called the 'Hospitality State' this is part of being hospitable to each other and respecting each other."

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 98190

Reported Deaths: 2969
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds7189161
DeSoto569464
Harrison394175
Jackson358570
Rankin337280
Madison334190
Lee293572
Forrest254275
Jones252780
Washington227879
Lafayette221240
Lauderdale2078126
Bolivar187370
Oktibbeha181952
Lamar176237
Lowndes160858
Neshoba1599104
Panola151631
Sunflower149146
Leflore143882
Warren141850
Pontotoc130116
Monroe125369
Pike124954
Copiah119933
Scott118027
Coahoma117530
Lincoln112353
Marshall111821
Grenada110136
Holmes110060
Yazoo106733
Simpson105847
Tate101938
Union101224
Leake96538
Adams94937
Wayne91521
Pearl River91453
Prentiss88418
Marion87537
Itawamba85921
Alcorn83411
Covington83223
George78513
Tallahatchie78324
Newton78124
Winston74619
Tishomingo71039
Tippah70518
Chickasaw69524
Attala67225
Clarke61149
Walthall60426
Clay59919
Hancock59822
Jasper58415
Noxubee55816
Smith55115
Calhoun52912
Tunica50015
Montgomery47020
Claiborne46516
Yalobusha44414
Lawrence43914
Perry43221
Quitman3905
Greene38917
Stone38013
Humphreys37715
Jefferson Davis34711
Amite34210
Webster33913
Carroll33112
Wilkinson30818
Kemper29115
Sharkey26714
Jefferson2439
Benton2333
Franklin1993
Choctaw1876
Issaquena1063
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 137564

Reported Deaths: 2399
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson20221352
Mobile13558295
Tuscaloosa9029118
Montgomery8894187
Madison800580
Shelby616450
Lee601761
Baldwin564052
Marshall398345
Etowah357545
Calhoun356944
Morgan334929
Houston295421
Elmore273948
DeKalb246121
St. Clair237937
Walker236987
Talladega219030
Limestone215720
Cullman192220
Dallas179926
Franklin179430
Autauga179127
Russell17903
Lauderdale175934
Colbert168426
Blount162915
Escambia162024
Jackson161112
Chilton160930
Dale141844
Covington141628
Coffee13936
Pike122011
Chambers117942
Tallapoosa117385
Clarke110916
Marion97629
Butler91740
Barbour8967
Winston75112
Marengo72820
Pickens67215
Randolph67213
Bibb66411
Lowndes65927
Hale65328
Geneva6505
Lawrence63625
Cherokee62013
Bullock61015
Clay5929
Monroe5928
Washington56012
Crenshaw54532
Perry5436
Conecuh53811
Wilcox53211
Henry5145
Macon48318
Fayette47311
Sumter43419
Cleburne4085
Lamar3822
Choctaw35212
Greene30615
Coosa1743
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