STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Oktibbeha County residents have to wear masks in all county buildings, as well as in all businesses outside the Starkville city limits.
The county Board of Supervisors passed the order Tuesday.
Board President John Montgomery stressed the order, while it will be enforced, will not be overbearing, and law enforcement officers will give the public every opportunity to cooperate with the new order.
He said churches do not have to require masks, but he hopes church-goers will adhere to safety guidelines.
Montgomery said the recent spike in COVID-19 cases is a main reason for the new order in the county.
Violators will get an initial warning. Second-time offenders could face a $500 fine, and a third offense could wind up costing a $1,000.
The county sheriff’s office will enforce the order.
The City of Starkville now also requires masks in businesses inside the city's limits.