STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - On the heels of Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton's executive order that he handed down last week, and was started Monday, requiring people to wear masks when they enter into public buildings, the Starkville Board of Aldermen are considering doing something similar.
"While there are a lot of reasons to wear a mask, one of the reasons is not to shut down your economy again," Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill said.
Mayor Spruill said she's receiving a lot of texts, e-mails, tweets, and posts on both sides of the argument, but right now she's seeing more people in favor of a mask ordinance. She believes that the people of Starkville are seeing businesses in Florida and Texas forced to shut down and they want to avoid a similar situation here in Mississippi. A major part of the Starkville economy is Mississippi State. Students are expected back in August and trying to eliminate spikes is a major priority.
"The university is going to require to wear masks in classes," Spruill said. "So I think it will fit in across the community in ways that puts us together and on the same page to be as safe as possible."
Part of being as safe as possible is making people feel that way and according to Mayor Spruill, yes that means giving up a little bit of your personal freedom, but doing so, so that others feel safe to interact with the community.
"It is that initial phase of getting used to something that is out of the ordinary but is intended to keep everyone safe," Spruill said. "And I think that's the goal: to allow people who are uncomfortable and who have compromised systems for whatever reason to feel that they can come back out again."
The Board of Alderman are set to meet on Tuesday, July 7th to vote on the decision. Mayor Lynn Spruill said that at least four of the Alderman need to vote yes in order for the ordinance to be passed.