Gov. Tate Reeves on Friday renewed the mask=mandate for Hancock County — and most of the rest of the state of Mississippi — until Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 5 p.m.
"It is important that we continue to take this virus seriously,” Reeves said in a statement issued Friday afternoon. “We are working on getting Mississippians vaccinated, but continue to social distance, keep gatherings small and wear your mask.”
The mask mandate -- originally included in the governor's Executive Order 1542 -- was set to expire on Friday.
The following counties are currently under a county wide mask mandates after meeting the certain requirements in relation to COVID-19:
Alcorn, Amite, Attala, Benton, Bolivar, Calhoun, Carroll, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Coahoma, Copiah, Covington, De Soto, Forrest, Franklin, George, Greene, Grenada, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Itawamba, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Kemper, Lafayette, Lamar, Lauderdale, Leake, Lee, Leflore, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pearl River, Perry, Pike, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Union, Walthall, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Winston, Yalobusha and Yazoo counties.