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."