Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana urge everyone to comply with the mask mandate, which Gov. John Bel Edwards announced on Aug. 2 that will go into effect Wednesday, Aug. 4 and go on in to September.
The mandate requires anyone ages five or older to wear face masks that cover the nose and mouth in indoor public places.
“Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth when in public, stay at least six feet away from others and wash your hands often to prevent germs,” Dr. Tracy Lemelle, a pediatrician who is one of Blue Cross’ medical directors, said.
The mandate includes stores, groceries, government buildings, healthcare facilities and schools.
“And, most importantly – if your child or anyone in the family has symptoms like cough, sore throat, runny nose, fever or congestion, stay home so you don’t spread illness to others,” Lamelle said.
Blue Cross encourages ages 12 and older to get the vaccine if they have not already, or ask their healthcare providers for guidance if they are hesitant.
Blue Cross has a YouTube channel that has information on COVID-19 and other health topics, check it out here.