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 26, 2020 7:05 PM
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: 112123

Reported Deaths: 3223
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds7823176
DeSoto676778
Harrison490283
Jackson439383
Rankin385986
Madison375793
Lee349079
Forrest298078
Jones285384
Washington253799
Lafayette244042
Lauderdale2398134
Lamar219038
Bolivar199477
Oktibbeha197654
Neshoba1820111
Lowndes175562
Panola167638
Leflore163287
Sunflower158849
Warren153255
Monroe146572
Pontotoc145219
Pike137256
Lincoln136856
Marshall136226
Copiah135736
Coahoma124036
Scott123829
Grenada120638
Yazoo119933
Simpson119549
Union116025
Leake113940
Holmes113760
Tate113639
Itawamba111325
Pearl River110559
Adams105243
Prentiss102919
Wayne99421
Alcorn96712
George95718
Covington94525
Marion93342
Tippah86521
Newton84927
Chickasaw83225
Winston82621
Tallahatchie82525
Tishomingo79741
Hancock78727
Attala78126
Clarke72750
Clay68421
Jasper67417
Walthall63327
Calhoun61812
Noxubee59617
Smith58516
Claiborne53416
Montgomery53123
Tunica52317
Yalobusha51314
Lawrence50414
Perry48423
Carroll46812
Greene45918
Stone45514
Amite42013
Humphreys41916
Quitman4176
Jefferson Davis40011
Webster36613
Wilkinson33120
Kemper32115
Benton3194
Sharkey28014
Jefferson27110
Franklin2373
Choctaw2036
Issaquena1064
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 153016

Reported Deaths: 2633
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson22720374
Mobile14405314
Tuscaloosa10066137
Montgomery9820196
Madison907894
Shelby715361
Lee646165
Baldwin644369
Marshall431048
Calhoun416059
Etowah412249
Morgan400033
Houston365532
DeKalb325428
Elmore312852
St. Clair283842
Limestone273630
Walker269993
Talladega259135
Cullman231024
Lauderdale212540
Jackson205515
Autauga202130
Franklin201731
Colbert193330
Russell19053
Blount187325
Dallas186027
Chilton182632
Escambia171428
Coffee16829
Covington166629
Dale163851
Chambers133043
Pike131313
Tallapoosa129587
Clarke127317
Marion105029
Butler99840
Barbour9969
Marengo98222
Winston90613
Geneva8447
Lawrence81131
Pickens81117
Randolph80514
Bibb80114
Hale74830
Cherokee72314
Clay72212
Lowndes70228
Henry6386
Bullock63717
Monroe63610
Washington62312
Crenshaw59830
Perry5816
Wilcox55912
Fayette55713
Conecuh55613
Cleburne5327
Macon53020
Sumter46821
Lamar4595
Choctaw38712
Greene34016
Coosa1993
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