JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi no longer has a state-issued mask mandate as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
All previous executive orders lifted at that moment, too. Businesses can operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules.
However, cities and businesses can still retain local restrictions if they so choose.
Mississippians are still encouraged, though not ordered, to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. K-12 schools must still require masks where social distancing is not possible.
Seating for K-12 extracurricular activities at outdoor venues is now set at 50% capacity and 25% maximum seating capacity inside. Seating capacity for indoor bowl and arena seating is now increased to 50%.
President Joe Biden criticized Mississippi and Texas for making the decisions to lift restrictions.
Gov. Tate Reeves fired back at the president's comments.
President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is “neanderthal thinking.”
Mississippians don’t need handlers. As numbers drop, they can assess their choices and listen to experts. I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them.
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 3, 2021