Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) reinstated a statewide mask mandate for everyone 5 years old and older as the Pelican State has hit the most cases per capita in the U.S.
The governor announced the mask requirement over Twitter, citing surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, which he said are “threatening the ability of hospitals to deliver care.”
The mandate will go until at least Sept. 1, but Edwards said it could be extended if needed.
The move was based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), advice from health advisers and insight from hospitals and businesses, Edwards said in a press release.
“This decision is not one I take lightly, but as the fourth surge of COVID-19 is upon us, we know that mask wearing when you are in public is one way to greatly lower your risk of spreading or catching COVID. Being vaccinated against COVID-19 is another,” he said in a statement.
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