Baton Rouge locals express mixed emotions after Gov. Edwards issues indoor mask mandate

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Louisiana is once again masking up following Governor John Bel Edwards’ new mask mandate issued on Monday.

The mandate calls for masking indoors for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

For Archie Rabb, wearing a face mask is not what he wants.

“It’s a personal decision and I don’t think anyone should tell me what I need to wear,” said Rabb. “Vaccinations, are not for me. I am a believer in Jesus Christ, and he is our answer.” 

Gov. Edwards’ mask mandate applies to all school campuses.

According to the state department of health, over 2,000 children have tested positive for Covid-19.

“It’s vitally important that we protect our children, especially the ones that are too young to get vaccinated,” said Edwards.

One mother, Sasha Aheret, said she’s not sure if she feels safe with her son returning back to school, but masks do help.

“My son does wear the mask pretty well,” she said. “I think with kids it’s hard to keep them apart. I know  the teachers tried their best last year he was only home for one exposure.” 

Another mother says while she is fully vaccinated, she will do anything to protect those around her.

“I have a child to take care of. So, I would rather be safe than to bring something home to her,” said Kendra Harris.

The mandate is scheduled to end on Sept. 1.

Click here to read Gov. Edwards’ updated indoor statewide mask mandate.

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