TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Wearing face masks and social distancing can sometimes be difficult. WTVA got the chance to speak with some people about how safe they feel when going in businesses during the pandemic.
“It is a little nerve-racking," said Dorsey resident Dora Bell. She works at a restaurant, but didn’t want to say which one.
She said she sometimes feels safe when going into public places.
“For the most part I do, I do feel safe because most people are wearing a mask.”
She added that during the pandemic, crowded places can make her uneasy.
“Sometimes, you know, people don’t want to follow guidelines and wear masks,” Bell said.
She said larger stores can get crowded.
“I feel very nervous going into bigger places like that, because there are a lot of people that are not wearing their mask, so I try to get in and out as quick as I can.”
People don’t always try and practice social distancing, such as at Gumtree Park on Wednesday. A large crowd showed up to play basketball on the courts.
Sandra Stewart visited Tupelo from Ripley to have dinner on Wednesday night. She said she does feel safe-
“To an extent.”
Crowds make her nervous during the pandemic as well.
“If it’s really busy, and there’s a lot of people around, I don’t really like going into close proximity to somebody.”
She added people need to be careful, and said businesses must pull through, too.
“Everybody’s like losing their jobs and people are going out of business, and so we need to try and prevent that.”
The governor’s current mandate, which expires on Monday, says everyone across the state should wear a mask inside businesses.
Outdoor gatherings are also supposed to be limited to 20 people in total with everyone wearing face coverings, and they’re supposed to be spaced 6 feet apart.