COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Residents in Lowndes County must wear face coverings when inside county-owned buildings.
The Board of Supervisors voted on the county-wide mandate Monday morning.
Before Monday morning's meeting, Lowndes County had no mask mandate separate from the governor’s.
Gov. Tate Reeves lifted all statewide restrictions on March 3. However, cities, businesses and individual counties could still retain any local restrictions if necessary.
District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks said the mandate is in place to encourage the public to continue wearing masks.
However, there isn't a penalty if they choose not to wear masks.
The county's mask mandate will remain in effect until the end of April.
According to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), more than 16,000 vaccinations have been administered in Lowndes County as of Monday, March 15.
Open this link to view MSDH's latest vaccination report. Select "Vaccination Report for Mississippi."