Parishes in Capital area lift mask mandates after governor amends restrictions

Some local parishes lift mask mandate after new guidance

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Shortly after Gov. John Bel Edwards amended the statewide mask mandate in Louisiana, some parish presidents started lifting it in their areas.

The following parishes have lifted their mask mandates effective Wednesday, April 28:

  • Ascension
  • East Baton Rouge (Except for city-parish government buildings, including City Hall)
  • Iberville (Except for parish government buildings, including parish courthouse)
  • Livingston
  • Pointe Coupee
  • West Baton Rouge
  • West Feliciana

Read the full statement below from East Baton Rouge Parish:

“East Baton Rouge Parish has made considerable progress in our fight against the coronavirus pandemic since March of 2020. Now is not the time to let down our guard; we must continue to work together to end of this pandemic.

Governor Edwards announced revisions to the current statewide mask mandate today, allowing local leaders to determine guidelines within their municipalities. To that end, the City-Parish will continue to require masks to be worn inside all City-Parish buildings, including City Hall, for the foreseeable future.

As we continue to assess and revise mitigation efforts, I am asking our citizens to follow CDC guidance for wearing masks. With the revisions to the current statewide mask mandate, it is important for our community to recognize the importance of receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations, especially those who work in areas where they have frequent interaction with the public. Receiving a vaccine is the best step we can take to help our community progress in our recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Masks will continue to be mandated for K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public transportation, state government buildings, and healthcare facilities accredited by the Louisiana Department of Health.”

RELATED: Gov. Edwards amends statewide mask mandate

We are reaching out to all parishes and will continue to update the list.

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