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Locals react to New Orleans vaccination mandate

Today New Orleans indoor businesses began asking for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Many are wondering if we would see the same here in Acadiana.

Posted: Aug 16, 2021 9:29 PM
Updated: Aug 17, 2021 9:34 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- Today was the first day that New Orleans indoor businesses began asking for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test today. Many are wondering if we would see the same here in Acadiana.

Wendy Dorfman is the owner of Sugarwolf Outdoor Exchange in Downtown Lafayette. She said that she wouldn’t have a problem requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for her customers.

“I’d be sad to lose a sale but I’d be really sad if somebody came in and gave the virus to my coworkers, to myself, or to other customers in the store. Again, it's just, it's just not responsible,” Dorfman said.

The new regulations in New Orleans will require the public to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test to enter bars, restaurants, casinos, concert halls, gyms, and a dozen other non-essential venues.

According to Dorfman, if the mandate happens here, she would enforce it to the fullest extent.

“I would absolutely cooperate with that mandate within the store. People would be required to show their LA wallet, their vaccination and wear a mask, and you know and or get the negative COVID test," she said. 

Dorfman understands why officials may not want to follow after New Orleans, but she thinks they should enforce other safety measures.

“Make masks mandatory everywhere you go, you can say we recommend this and don't enforce it. Noone's going to do anything,” she said.

While some people are okay if the mandate happens here in Acadiana, others feel it would be unfair to citizens.

Connor Ivey is a resident of Lafayette. Although he is fully vaccinated he doesn’t think city officials should require proof of vaccinations to be allowed in businesses.

“You can't really do that without our consent, you know what I mean, you can't enforce these things without the consent, the public, I mean this is America right?” Ivey said.

Ivey also doesn’t think vaccines or proof of negative tests would stop the transmission of COVID-19.

“With this new delta variant, people who are vaccinated are still getting COVID it doesn't even actually work, you know,” he said.

We reached out to the Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) to ask if proof of vaccine is something they would consider here but they were unavailable for comment.

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