Baton Rouge residents, businesses react to lifting of mask mandate

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BATON ROUGE) — Face masks have been a constant debate since the start of the pandemic.

Governor John Bel Edwards is again lifting his face mask mandate, however, the rules are still in place for K-12 schools. Businesses still have the right to enforce a face covering.

“I think everybody should make their own decision if they should wear them or not,” said Baton Rouge resident Pamela Manchester.

The owner of Brew Bachers, Davis Disharry, said following the governor’s decision is best for his business.

“If a guest or employee wants to wear it, they certainly can,” he said. “There were a lot of customers saying ‘Thank God we don’t have to wear a mask anymore.’ There is still a 10 percent mask-wearing crowd.” 

Other restaurants in the area like Pluckers are setting their own boundaries. Guests can choose to wear a mask, but unvaccinated employees will need to mask up. 

Edwards’ announcement comes as Louisiana’s positivity rates continue to drop.

Louise Nelson, a Baton Rouge resident, said she can’t imagine a world without a mask.

“It’s part of the norm since we have been wearing a mask for over a year,” she said. “I think the mask should still be mandated because the people who are not vaccinated, may not follow protocol.” 

Edwards said it is possible to bring back the mandate if COVID-19 surges again.

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