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Mississippi State has removed the mandate to wear masks.

Governor Tate Reeves cited a fall in the number of cases and a rise in the number of vaccinations' as reasons behind easing restrictions.

Governor Tate Reeves cited a fall in the number of cases and a rise in the number of vaccinations' as reasons behind easing restrictions. On March 2, 2021, the Mississippi governor Tate Reeves announced lifting his state's mask mandates and COVID-19 restrictions on businesses, Forbes reported. The executive order would allow businesses to reopen at full capacity without any state-imposed rules.

Reeves cited 'a fall in the number of cases and rise in the number of vaccinations' as reasons for lifting restrictions. "Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is the time!", he tweeted.

The state already revoked a state-wide mask order in September 2020.

He further added that starting March 10, the new executive order would revoke most of the COVID-19 administrative orders imposed by him. All businesses would be allowed to open at 100 percent capacity, except for schools.

According to John Hopkins University data, as of March 8, 2021, Mississippi has 297,321 confirmed cases, with 6,805 deaths. Whereas 764,699 have been administered a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Right before Reeves' order, a similar announcement was made by Texas Governor Greg Abbott while addressing a press conference on March 2.

However, at a White House briefing on February 26, Health expert Dr. Anthony Fauci warned against easing restrictions until the country's baseline average of new infections is lower. "We have to carefully look at what happens over the next week or so with those numbers before you start making the understandable need to relax on certain restrictions," Fauci said.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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