BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Gov. John Bel Edwards announced instead of a blanket mask mandate he’ll be allowing local leaders and business owners to set their own policies regarding masks.
The move comes more than a year after the state implemented the mask mandate in response to COVID-19.
The Governor called this move “the right thing to do.”
According to Dr. Joe Kanter, this is on the heels of the positive trends they have been seeing with the date.
“We are the 13th lowest in the nation for new cases, we are 11th lowest for positivity, we are 6th lowest for hospitalization,” said Kanter.
The rollback is not a free for all instead masks will be required on public transit, health care facilities, many state buildings and at K-12 schools.
Along with those changes, it also relaxes capacity limits.
“Event centers, theaters, conference facilities they will be able to choose between a 75% occupancy capacity or they can choose a 100% capacity with masks,” said Edwards.
The power is in the hands of local officials and businesses owners, but the Governor is asking people to do their part.
“Please don’t mistake the easing of the COVID-19 mask mandate as a sign that the pandemic is over, it is not,” said Edwards.