Louisiana Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate as Hospitals Fill

Aug. 3, 2021 — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday that the statewide indoor mask mandate would restart on Wednesday to combat the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations due to the very contagious Delta variant.

The mask mandate will apply to ages 5 and older in indoor public locations, regardless of vaccination status. It will remain in effect until at least Sept. 1.

Edwards lifted the statewide mask mandate in April. On Monday, he pointed to statistics that show Louisiana has the highest number of new COVID-19 cases per capita in the nation.

“This is bad. And it’s not this bad anywhere else in the country today,” he said during a news briefing with state hospital leaders, according to The Associated Press.

“It has become extremely clear that our current recommendations on their own are not strong enough to deal with Louisiana’s

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