Don’t Trash Your Mask-You Must Wear One in These Louisiana Places
The entire state of Louisiana let out an unrestricted sigh of relief yesterday when Governor John Bel Edwards dropped most of the mask rules in place in our state. Now, you can shop for groceries, go to a sporting event, and a lot more while showing the bottom part of your face. Before you enthusiastically chunk the masks you've needed to go pretty much anywhere public in Louisiana, just know you may still need it.
According to the report from NOLA.com, some mask requirements are still in place due to federal rules and the discretion left up to individual schools and city mayors. As reported, here are those places:
- Medical facilities, per federal law
- Public transportation, per federal law
- K-12 schools that ducked CDC quarantine guidelines, per Edwards
- New Orleans public schools, school buses and school-related events
- East Baton Rouge public schools
- The city of New Orleans is likely going to keep the mandate enforced. Mayor Cantrell said she will clarify her plans by the end of the week
- Louisiana State University
Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends (but does not require) the wearing of face masks in these situations:
- Any non-vaccinated person above the age of 2-years-old
- Anyone in an area of high transmission
- People with weakened immune systems
- Teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status
With the announcement of Pfizer's vaccine nearing official approval for kids aged 5-11-years old, these requirements may be loosened further.
Locally, Caddo Parish Public Schools have announced that they will continue to require masks for students and faculty. According to KSLA, Bossier Parish Schools will give students and staff the option of wearing a mask starting today (October 27th) - but caution that "quarantine protocols will be reinstated and not an option if a person is considered a close contact, unless they are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic."