FAQ: Statewide mask mandate

Gov. Edwards issues statewide mask mandate, additional restrictions on bars

EDITORIAL NOTE: An earlier version of this article stated that masks would be required while in gyms, but not while working out. That answer was specific to East Baton Rouge Parish only. According to the governor’s mandate, masks will be required while working out.

On Saturday, July 11, 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statewide mask mandate for all parishes, except those with lower COVID-19 numbers.

“If you don’t like the mask mandate, fine, then don’t like it, but wear your mask anyway when you’re out in public,” Gov. Edwards said. “If you want to criticize me, criticize me. This isn’t an easy thing to do, it’s hard. And I understand it’s going to be controversial.”

Several parishes, such as Jefferson, East Baton Rouge and Orleans, had already issued mask mandates.

Q: Do all children have to wear a face mask?

A: Children under the age of 8 do not have to wear a mask. However, the CDC does recommend children as young as 2-years-old should also wear a face mask. It is not recommended for those under 2.

Q: If I have a breathing or medical condition, do I have to wear a mask?

A: No. And you are not required to have a note from a medical professional to prove that condition.

Q: What parishes are allowed to opt out of the mask mandate?

A: Grant and Red River

Q: Do I need to wear a face covering outdoors?

A: Face coverings are required inside all commercial and nonprofit entities providing goods or services directly to the public. Face coverings should also be worn in outdoor group settings, where social distancing is not feasible.

Q: Do I need to wear a face covering in restaurants, coffee shops, dining areas, and food courts

A: Face coverings are not required while eating and drinking. They should be worn when entering, exiting, or while in a common area in all establishments.

Q: Do I have to wear a mask while in church?

A: Although everyone should wear a mask in a church, Gov. Edwards says there will be no enforcement of that mandates inside churches.

Q: Do I need to wear a face covering while at a gym or fitness center?

A: Yes.

Q: What can a business do if someone refuses to wear a mask?

A: If a patron refuses to wear a mask after being asked to do so, that person is considered to be trespassing and the business owner can ask for law enforcement assistance to have that person removed.


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