Mask mandate: Local parishes release statements on decision to keep or lift local mask mandates

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the statewide mask mandate will be eased starting April 28. He also allowed local leaders to determine guidelines within their municipalities.

Many local parishes released statements on whether they will enforce a local mask mandate or not:

East Baton Rouge Parish

Mask will be mandated for K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, public transportation, state government buildings, and healthcare facilities accredited by the Louisiana Department of Health.

Statement released by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome:

East Baton Rouge Parish has made considerable progress in our fight against the coronavirus pandemic since March of 2020. Now is not the time to let down our guard; we must continue to work together to end of this pandemic. 

Governor Edwards announced revisions to the current statewide mask mandate today, allowing local leaders to determine guidelines within their municipalities. To that end, the City-Parish will continue to require masks to be worn inside all City-Parish buildings, including City Hall, for the foreseeable future.

As we continue to assess and revise mitigation efforts, I am asking our citizens to follow CDC guidance for wearing masks.  With the revisions to the current statewide mask mandate, it is important for our community to recognize the importance of receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations, especially those who work in areas where they have frequent interaction with the public. Receiving a vaccine is the best step we can take to help our community progress in our recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Masks will continue to be mandated for K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public transportation, state government buildings, and healthcare facilities accredited by the Louisiana Department of Health.

Ascension Parish

Ascension Parish will no longer require masks to be worm in Parish-operated buildings.

Statement from President Clint Cointment:

President Clint Cointment announced that, in light of Governor John Bel Edwards’ lifting the
mask mandate in Louisiana and returning authority to local businesses and governments,
Ascension Parish would no longer require masks to be worn in Parish-operated buildings.
“Now that vaccines are more widely available, I am lifting the facemask requirement in all
buildings operated by Ascension Parish Government,” he said. “The pandemic is still with us,
so I urge everyone to keep vigilant and to continue to follow safe practices.”
President Cointment also stated that individual businesses and other government agencies in
the Parish could make their own decisions and set their own requirements.
In line with the Governor’s announcement in his press conference, Ascension Parish will opt
out, and the mask mandate will end at midnight of April 27.

Livingston Parish

Livingston Parish will not implement a local mask mandate.

Statement from Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks

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