Governor Reeves Gives Speech at Neshoba County Fair – Says CDC Mask Guidance is ‘Foolish’


PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves says a new federal recommendation for people to wear masks indoors during a surge of COVID-19 cases is “foolish.” The Republican governor made his comments Thursday during a speech at the Neshoba County Fair. He says he won’t set a mask mandate for schools. He also says “parents will erupt” if local districts set mask mandates. Mississippi has seen a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, driven by the delta variant of the virus. Some Mississippi school districts have mask mandates for the new academic year, but others say wearing a mask is optional. AP)