Face masks are required in Louisiana in public indoor and outdoor settings beginning on Monday, July 13th, 2020.
On Saturday, July 11th, the Govoernor ordered a statewide mandate requiring face masks.
For parents worried their child can’t wear a mask or won’t leave it on, there is an exception for children under 8. They still strongly encourage masks for ages 2-8 but they are not required.
The order does apply to churches but they will not be enforcing it in places of worship.
Exceptions – those not required to wear a mask:
Persons under the age of eight (8) years old
Anyone who is consuming drink or food
Persons giving a speech or broadcast
Anyone temporarily removing their mask for identification purposes
Those with medical conditions that prevent the wearing of face masks
Anyone speaking to a person with hearing impairment
Three parish are exempt from the order due to case numbers. Those parishes are: Grant Parish, Red River Parish, and West Feliciana Parish. Parish authorities in those parishes may opt out of the order.
When will the Order be Lifted?
The order is set to expire on July 24th unless extended by the governor.
Why require face masks now?
The governor is attempting to keep us in phase two. He said that he is following the guidance of the White House, the CDC, and Dr. Tony Fauci. Louisiana is currently number three per capita in cases.
From the CDC: “A cloth face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others. Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations. Cloth face coverings may slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
Who should NOT use cloth face coverings: children under age 2, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance” SOURCE
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