COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) — More cities across Northeast Mississippi are sticking with a mask mandate instead of following the lead of Governor Tate Reeves, who dropped the state's mask mandate on Wednesday.
Aberdeen, Okolona, Oxford and Verona joined Tupelo, Columbus, Starkville and West Point in requiring masks in public.
Columbus Mayor Robert Smith issued an order Thursday to emphasize that people in city businesses and city government buildings still must wear a mask.
He did that saying some assumed the city's July 8 coronavirus order required signs to be posted about masks but did not actually require the wearing of masks.
Exceptions to wearing a mask in those places still applies to those eating or drinking in bars and restaurants, those working out in fitness centers or gyms and those under the age of 6.