Gov. Tate Reeves on Friday extended the Safe Return order, which includes the statewide mask mandate, until Monday, Aug. 31 at 8 a.m. 
The new order also places limitations on K-12 extracurricular activities throughout the state. 
According to Executive Order 1518, the attendance cap on all K-12 extracurricular activities, such as football and band concerts, to no more than two spectators per participant. In addition, each event “must have a dedicated safety officer to ensure all social distancing measures are followed as well.” 
“Sports and these other activities are instrumental in the lives of our young Mississippians,” Reeves said during Friday’s press conference. They teach discipline and responsibility in a way that can’t be replicated. That said, we are living through a pandemic. One of my greatest concerns heading into this school season has been sports and those other events which cause the community to come out in crowds. Twenty-two players on a field is not going to overwhelm a local hospital. Two thousand people in a small school’s bleachers might.” 

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