All bars to close; mask mandate begins in La. Monday

Gov. Edwards issues mask mandate and closes all bars

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards announced Saturday, July 11, that he will sign an executive order that will close all bars across the state except for those that offer curbside services.

Effective Monday, July 13, regardless if a bar has a food permit or not they will be closed.

However, most daiquiri shops would still be allowed to operate with to go orders, but can not have customers remain inside.

That order also coincides with the Governor’s announcement of a statewide mask mandate to anyone eight years and older. Unless you have a health condition that makes it difficult to wear a mask.

The mask mandate requires face coverings for everyone ages 8 and older except for the following:

  • Anyone who has a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face covering
  • Anyone who is consuming a drink or food
  • Anyone who is trying to communicate with a person who is hearing impaired
  • Anyone who is giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience
  • Anyone temporarily removing his or her face covering for identification purposes
  • Anyone who is a resident of a parish without a high COVID incidence that has opted out of the masking mandate

The Governor also stated that some parishes with lower COVID-19 numbers will be allowed to opt out of the mask mandate.

Governor Edwards also stated that the number of people allowed to gather indoors will be limited to 50. Outdoor gatherings will be allowed, but must follow social distancing guidelines.

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