NEW ORLEANS — In accordance with the decision by the CDC, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the statewide mask mandate will be lifted.
The statewide mask mandate has been in effect since July 2020, marking it just shy of a year old.
The governor’s latest coronavirus executive order will go into effect Wednesday and remain in effect at least through May 26.
Local leaders, however, reserve the right to continue enforcing the mandate.
See below a list of parishes that have lifted their mask mandate, and what accompanying rules are now in place.
Like Gov. Edwards’ new order, masks will still be required on public transit, in K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and health care facilities.
Buildings where a mask mandate remains, include:
- Joseph S. Yenni Building
- General Government Building
- Charles Odom Building
- Jefferson Parish Credit Union
- Jefferson Parish libraries
- JPRD facilities and Courts (1st Parish, 2nd Parish, 24th and Juvenile)
The updated proclamation will be in effect for the next 28 days.
St. Bernard Parish
Parish President McInnis asks residents to respect the right of private businesses who wish to continue mask mandates on or in their establishments.
McInnis stated: “Though the mask mandate has been lifted, it is important for citizens to get vaccinated, be mindful of others, continue to practice physical distancing.”
St. Charles Parish
St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell has announced that the mask mandate in St. Charles Parish will be lifted effective immediately.
Based on the Governor’s order, masks will still be required on public transit, in K-12 schools, colleges, and health care facilities. State buildings such as the DMV will also continue to adhere to mask-wearing and social distancing.
The mask mandate is lifted for all St. Charles Parish Government Buildings, including the courthouse. Additionally, temperature checks will no longer be required to enter government buildings.
Masks are still required in the courtrooms per orders by the 29th Judicial District Court for the Parish of St. Charles. Due to the size of the council chambers and the inability to properly social distance, masks will still be required during meetings taking place in the council chambers.
Per the Governor’s executive order, businesses now retain the authority to require masks for their employees and patrons. All are encouraged to continue to follow CDC guidelines and take necessary steps to protect themselves from the virus, including handwashing, social distancing, and vaccinations.
Following the Governor’s announcement, Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks has lifted the mask mandate in unincorporated areas of the parish. The press release reads, “President Ricks applauds the Governor and believes this is a step in the right direction.”
Local businesses have the right to impose a mask mandate within their own facilities.
All are encouraged to continue to follow CDC guidelines and take necessary steps to protect themselves from the virus, including handwashing, social distancing, and vaccinations.
Following sustained improvement in COVID hospitalizations and an increase in the supply and availability of vaccines, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that some COVID-19 mitigation measures would be eased starting April 28. The statewide mask mandate will be lifted, but masks will still be required for specific settings.
Based upon the updated mask guidelines, Parish President Kirk Lepine has lifted the mandatory mask requirements in Plaquemines Parish. Plaquemines Parish would no longer require masks to be worn in Parish-operated buildings, except for those mandates specified by the Governor (public transit, in K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and healthcare facilities).
President Lepine also stated that individual businesses and other government agencies in the Parish could make their own decisions and set their requirements. President Lepine asks all residents to respect the right of private businesses who wish to continue mask mandates on or in their establishments.
“Now that vaccines are more widely available, I am lifting the facemask requirement in all buildings operated by Plaquemines Parish Government,” he added “The pandemic is still with us, so I urge everyone to keep vigilant and to continue to follow safe practices. It is important for citizens to get vaccinated, be mindful of others, continue to practice physical distancing.”
St. James Parish
St. James Parish President Pete Dufresne announced Wednesday, the Parish will follow guidance set forth by Governor John Bel Edwards and lift the mask mandate in St. James Parish.
In accordance with Governor Edwards’ most recent executive order, masks will still be required in K-12 schools, colleges, health care facilities and public transit. Residents using the St. James Parish Transit services are asked to wear a mask and maintain social distancing due to the confined spaces of our transit vehicles and buses.
Masks will not be required at any Parish Government buildings. However, residents are encouraged to remain vigilant.
“We ask residents to be responsible and accountable for your actions regarding the health and safety of those around you,” said President Dufresne. “If you are not vaccinated, I encourage you to seek out one of the many facilities in the parish offering vaccinations. If you feel sick or were exposed to someone with Covid-19 you are encouraged to self-quarantine and reduce exposure to others.”
Local businesses have the authority to determine if they will require masks at their place of business.
St. Tammany Parish
On April 27, Governor Edwards announced his decision to ease some of the restrictions of the statewide mask mandate, leaving decisions regarding stricter masking policies to local governments.
President Cooper has chosen to opt out of the mask mandate by signing an Executive Order further modifying and easing Phase III restrictions. Starting Wednesday, April 28, 2021, masks will no longer be required, with the exception of mandates remaining under the Governor’s Order.
“St. Tammany Parish will be no more restrictive with our masking policies than Governor Edwards’ Executive Order,” said President Cooper. “As we progress, it is important that our citizens continue taking the necessary safety precautions to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This is great for our community and our local businesses, but it does not mean we are out of the woods yet. My top priority is to keep us moving forward by balancing the health of our community with the health of our economy.”
St. Tammany Parish is among the parishes with the highest vaccination rates in the state, and has seen sustained decreases in percent positivity rates, currently at 1.9 percent (LDH).
As per the Governor’s Executive Order, mandates will remain for: K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public transit, many state government buildings, and health care facilities. Masks are still encouraged for those who wish to wear them.