As of Wednesday (March 3), Mississippi has joined Texas in lifting all coronavirus-related mask mandates and allowing businesses in those states to reopen fully. That also means live concerts and festivals can return at 100-percent capacity in Mississippi and Texas this month.
But is it too soon? While COVID-19 case numbers have dropped across the U.S. and vaccinations are ramping up, the pandemic is not yet over. And local officials and public health experts in both states have urged residents to continue wearing masks and practice social distancing.