Starkville's New Mask Ordinance - Day 1 Reactions

Wednesday marked day one of Starkville’s new mask ordinance that requires people to wear masks inside businesses and city-owned buildings.

Posted: Jul 8, 2020 8:50 PM
Updated: Jul 9, 2020 1:50 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Wednesday marked day one of Starkville’s new mask ordinance that requires people to wear masks inside businesses and city-owned buildings.

If one takes a trip down Starkville’s Main Street, he will notice businesses have signs up saying for customers to wear masks when they come inside.

All businesses in Starkville must require all employees and most customers to wear a mask or face covering.

Wearing face masks has pretty well become the norm in today’s society. Businesses in Starkville are again required to have everyone who enters wear one, this following the Board of Aldermen’s vote yesterday to mandate that masks be worn inside businesses and city-owned buildings.

One Starkville resident said he thinks the ordinance will help to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

“From what I understand, wearing masks keep us safer, and keeps the spread of COVID down,” said Starkville resident Zac Ashmore.

Ashmore said he feels the ordinance is necessary.

“The libertarian side of me says don’t tell me what to do, but, but the good citizen side of me says this is the right thing to do,” Ashmore said.

He added he has confidence in Starkville’s governing bodies, including Starkville mayor Lynn Spruill.

“I have confidence that she’s going to do what she feels is the right thing to do.”

Another Starkville resident said he feels the same way.

“I don’t have a problem with it at all because I feel like it is protecting me and other people,” said resident Michael Jones.

Jones said he thinks leaders passed the ordinance for a good reason.

“I think it’s great because a lot of people have gotten relaxed, you know, and they’re not wearing masks, some people are, some people are not.”

Jones said he believes the ordinance will help slow the spread of the virus.

“People are getting sick, people have loved ones that have died. I think a lot of people are not taking it serious, so I think it would help people that’s not taking it so serious to get it under control.”

Everyone WTVA was able to speak with on Wednesday said they supported the ordinance. They said the reason why was because it was intended to help keep people safe.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 497790

Reported Deaths: 9917
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DeSoto31839398
Hinds31837622
Jackson24314377
Rankin21881388
Lee15427234
Madison14525279
Jones13772241
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Lowndes10934185
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Hancock7697126
Washington7365156
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Neshoba6606205
Panola6460131
Marshall6386132
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Union596094
Pike5784152
Alcorn5633101
Lincoln5417134
George491879
Scott470998
Tippah465381
Prentiss464181
Leflore4627143
Itawamba4596104
Adams4570119
Tate4546109
Copiah445191
Simpson4421116
Wayne438572
Yazoo438586
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Stone358464
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Jasper328265
Winston313191
Clay306375
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Clarke290694
Calhoun277945
Holmes266987
Smith262550
Yalobusha232647
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Walthall217763
Greene215548
Lawrence211140
Perry204755
Amite203954
Webster201645
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Montgomery179056
Jefferson Davis170642
Carroll167438
Tunica158639
Benton147438
Kemper141241
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Claiborne131237
Humphreys129038
Franklin119128
Quitman106227
Wilkinson104539
Jefferson94234
Sharkey64020
Issaquena1937
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 812694

Reported Deaths: 15142
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Mobile721751321
Madison51923685
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Baldwin37044538
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Russell624758
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Pike4716105
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Monroe329962
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Washington250851
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Clay239767
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Perry138040
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