Judge upholds Governor John Bel Edwards’ mask mandate, bar closures

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BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA/WGMB)– Thursday afternoon, a district court judge upheld Governor John Bel Edward’s executive order on masks and bar restrictions. Lawyers for four Jefferson Parish bar owners asked Judge Janice Clark to stop Governor Edward’s executive order and block him from enforcing the rules. Their attorney’s argued the original order requiring masks, banning indoor gatherings above 50 people and limiting bars to take-out and delivery was unconstitutional. The Governors’ team argued the mandates promised to slow the spread of the virus.

“We were confident that once a judge heard this evidence that she would be understanding of the Governor’s efforts and mitigation measures were necessary,” said Matthew Block, counsel for Governor Edwards.

“I’m confident that I am doing what is necessary. That we are following the science.
That we are following the data. That we are implementing best practices and data that come from the White House Cornavirus task force and the CDC,” said Governor Edwards.

Lawyers representing the four bar owners declined to comment on camera following the court hearing.

Governor Edward’s team will face more hearings from frustrated bar owners. One case will be in New Orleans on August 14th and a group of Acadiana bar owners in Lafayette on August 17th.

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