Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) on Friday announced at a press conference that he has no plans of issuing a statewide mask mandate or requiring state employees to get vaccinated as the state experiences a spike in COVID-19 cases, WJTV reported.
Reeves did, however, encourage residents of his state to get the vaccine.
“Either the vaccine works or it doesn’t. I believe it does, and it works in two ways; makes you significantly less likely to get the virus, and the second phase, makes it even less likely that you are going to end up hospitalized or in an ICU bed,” Reeves said, according to WJTV.
Reeves’s announcement that he will not issue statewide mask or vaccine mandates comes a day after he extended the State of Emergency Order that was initially going to expire Sunday. While issuing the emergency order, the governor reiterated his stance against mandating masks in schools.