BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Parents in the area are protesting the Governor’s reinstated mask mandate.

They want to make the choice if their children will be wearing a mask in schools, so they voiced their opinions today at the state capitol steps.

Roughly 25 people chated “Keep our children free, let our children breathe,” making a stand against mandating masks inside of schools.

“I think with the new mask mandate as parents, we want it to be an option,” said Protest Organizer, Lindsay Naquin.

But with the rising positive cases of COVID-19 in the state brought on by the highly transmissible Delta variant, the state said it’s not an option.

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

The new mask mandate orders students and teachers to wear masks inside, regardless of their vaccination status from kindergarten to college.

Danielle Berry, protester, and mother of two, said the protest means more than just wearing a mask.

“Regardless the what position you are, let’s stand up for our freedoms, let’s stand up for our liberties we are in America,” Berry said.

Several parents at the protest said that they plan to send their children to school without a mask. According to the state website, there are some exceptions when wearing a mask, including, having a medical condition or while eating and drinking.