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Louisiana governor announces mask mandate amid COVID-19 surge

Added 07-11-20 09:57:01pm EST - “Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) on Saturday announced a statewide mask mandate and new restrictions for bars amid the surging coronavirus pandemic.?” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Louisiana governor announces mask mandate amid COVID-19 surge”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) on Saturday announced a statewide mask mandate and new restrictions for bars amid the surging coronavirus pandemic. 

The mandate, which will begin on Monday, requires all people over the age of 8 years old wear a mask in public throughout the state unless they have a medical condition prohibiting them from wearing a face covering.

Individual parishes in the state will be able to opt out of the mandate if they document fewer than 100 cases per 100,000 people during a 2-week period. Only three parishes in the state met the requirement as of Saturday.

Edwards addressed the politicization of masks in parts of the country, telling reporters on Saturday, "There has been a political dynamic that has emerged around the whole issue of masks.”

"We know that face masks work. It's as simple as that," he added. "It is the necessary thing to do. It is the right thing to do under the circumstances. That is why we're going to do it. We are not going to let this virus win....I don't like it, but at the end of the day I know it's the right thing to do."

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