Louisiana reinstates indoor mask mandate amid COVID surge

The state of Louisiana is reenacting a statewide mask mandate for vaccinated and unvaccinated residents for indoor locations amid a surge of Covid-19 cases.

Posted: Aug 2, 2021 1:51 PM
Updated: Aug 2, 2021 1:53 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana is reenacting a statewide mask mandate for both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents across all indoor locations, including schools and colleges.

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ announcement Monday came as the state struggles with a fast-growing fourth surge of COVID-19 driven by the delta variant.

The Democratic governor’s mandate takes effect on Wednesday. It will apply to anyone age 5 and older who enters a business, school, church or other inside location.

Louisiana has one of the lowest coronavirus vaccination rates in the nation and is seeing one of the country’s worst COVID-19 spikes per capita. Edwards’ order will last until Sept. 1, but could be extended.

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