Governor John Bell Edwards announced that he is lifting the state wide mask mandate, effective today because the state has returned to pre-delta baseline numbers. The proclamation signed today lifts the mask mandate for the next 28 days.
The mandate remains in effect for K-12 schools. School Districts can opt out of the mask mandates by following CDC guidelines as outlined by the Dept. of Health with respect to quarantine and isolation.
Local governments are free to be more restrictive but not less. Private businesses can choose to require masks.
Masks will still be required in healthcare settings as well as mass transit such as airports, airplanes, and busses.
CDC guidelines suggests that everyone over 2 years of age and older that are unvaccinated should wear a mask in indoor public spaces. Fully vaccinated people can maximize their protection by wearing masks indoors in public spaces with high transmissions. Immunocompromised people should also wear a mask until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
Edwards credits the decline of infections on reimplementing the mask mandate in August, however the governor warns ‘the pandemic is not over,” and that the way that we cut down on transmission is to get vaccinated.