BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – After 15 months of dealing with COVID-19 in Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards will loosen even more restrictions, essentially moving the state back to pre-pandemic times.
Tuesday, the Governor announcement most of the remaining restrictions will be lifted and that includes business capacities and crowd size guidance.
He said, the last year has been “trying” and knows it will take some time to transition.
While most orders are being ditched, masks will not become a thing of the past.
“Nursing homes, hospitals and so forth will continue to require masks because there will be a public health order to that effect and going forward jails and prisons as well,” said Edwards.
Public transportation is also included, but school districts can set their own mask mandates.
“After a statewide effort that served its purpose, I applaud Governor Edwards for now returning this decision to our local communities,” said Louisiana State’s Superintendent Cade Brumley.
Dr. Joe Kanter with the state’s office of public health cited data showing the positive trends the state has been seeing.
“It certainly does feel like we have turned a corner in this pandemic,” said Kanter.
The Governor said, this decision is a result of Louisianans doing what needed to be done.
“It’s because 1.6 million Louisianans have at least started the vaccination process in order to protect themselves and their loved ones and their communities and they’re doing their part quite frankly to be a good neighbor and help us and the country to move past this pandemic,” said Edwards.