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.
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.