Louisiana Lifts Mask Mandate, Except in Schools, as New COVID Cases Decline

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, lifted the state’s mask mandate Tuesday, except in K-12 schools, as the state’s number of new COVID-19 infections continues to drop.

”Today, I am cautiously optimistic and very relieved that the worst of this fourth surge of COVID is clearly behind us, which is a direct result of the people of Louisiana who stepped up to the plate when we needed them to and put their masks back on, got vaccinated, and took extra precautions to stay safe,” Edwards said in a press release Tuesday announcing the lifting of the mask mandate.

”That’s why we are able to lift the statewide mask mandate. While the K-12 mask mandate will be in place, school districts can opt out if they follow the existing, evidence-based CDC quarantine guidance. This new order does offer a way for local leaders to end the school mask mandate if they so choose.”

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