BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — City-Parish officials say there are no plans to reinstate a mask mandate in East Baton Rouge.

Statement from the Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s office:

“Mayor Broome has no plans at the present time to re-establish a mask mandate. However, it certainly remains an option as she is staying in close contact with local hospitals and healthcare providers about the best practices we should all take during this current surge. Masks are required inside all City-Parish facilities, which covers a number of frequently traveled buildings in our city, including the Raising Cane’s River Center. We will continue to consider additional mitigation steps for our community. In the meantime, we strongly encourage our citizens to listen to their doctors: wear a mask, get vaccinated and boosted, and stay home if you’re sick. The Omicron Variant is very contagious and is having real impacts on our local hospital capacity. The best way to protect our health and economy, and ensure that we can move forward with public events, is to heed the counsel of our physicians.”

Chief Communications Officer Mark Armstrong

Amid the surge in COVID-19, the indoor mask mandate in New Orleans was reinstated on Tuesday.