BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. (WTVA) - There will be no mask mandate in Mississippi, Gov. Tate Reeves reaffirmed on Tuesday.
The governor attended a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday in Blue Mountain and members of the media had the opportunity to speak with him about the resurgence of COVID-19.
Rather than focusing on wearing masks, Reeves said the state should focus more on vaccinations. In his opinion, vaccinations are the best way to fight the virus
He called the CDC's latest guidance foolish. The messaging should be centered on vaccinations and incentivizing the public to get the vaccine.
On July 27, the CDC recommended that fully vaccinated people wear masks to reduce transmission of the virus.
Also, the CDC recommended indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.
Masking should be an individual decision, not one from the state or even businesses and schools, he added.
What about schools enacting their own mandates?
"I believe that local school boards, the parents ought to be heard," Reeves said. "They [school boards] ought to open the floor and give the parents a chance to talk to their school board members because they are the elected officials."
Reeves does want more Mississippians to get the shot, though.
"We again encourage Mississippians to read up on the information on the data. We have more and more evidence that the vaccines are safe and they are effective."