Gov. Edwards updates mask guidance to follow new CDC recommendations

According to the release, people who are fully vaccinated will not have to wear masks indoors in most circumstances.

Posted: May 14, 2021 4:49 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (KADN) - Governor John Bel Edwards has updated Louisiana's COVID-19 mask guidance based on recommendations from the CDC.

According to the release, people who are fully vaccinated will not have to wear masks indoors in most circumstances. Exceptions include "educational facilities, public transit, correctional settings and health care facilities as regulated by LDH."

Businesses can decide whether to require patrons to wear masks.

The release also stated that "local governments will continue to be able to make decisions to have further restrictions, including face covering requirements, in place."

“Today is a great day and a clear sign that all three COVID vaccines currently available are not only safe but extremely effective at protecting us from the virus and helping us return to the normal way of life we have all been working hard to achieve,” said Gov. Edwards.

"After our own review, we at the Louisiana Department of Health concur and eagerly adopt the updated CDC masking guidance. Growing evidence shows vaccines work in the real world, they are effective against the variants currently circulating in the country and our state, and if you've gone sleeves up, you're less likely to spread the virus," said Dr. Joseph Kanter, State Health Officer. "Unfortunately, this also means that those who remain unvaccinated remain at risk of getting and spreading COVID. We encourage everyone who is eligible to get the vaccine now to protect themselves and their families, and go into summer with confidence."

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