JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Gov. Tate Reeves expects strict COVID-19 measures in 13 counties to extend past the scheduled expiration date.
A week ago, the governor announced 13 counties must practice enhanced safety protocols, including the use of masks in public and limiting social gatherings.
The order affects: Claiborne, DeSoto, Grenada, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Quitman, Rankin, Sunflower, Washington, Wayne counties
The order is scheduled to expire on Monday, July 20 at 8 a.m.
During Friday afternoon's COVID-19 briefing, Reeves said the state could add additional counties to the order, such as Forrest, Jones, Lamar, Panola, Bolivar, Simpson, Convington, Tate, Tallahatchie, Humphreys and Sharkey counties.
State leaders are looking to see if any additional safety measures are needed for the counties previously listed, such as closing bars.
Currently, Mississippi does not have a state-wide mask mandate. Alabama issued a state-wide mask mandate Wednesday.