Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Friday that the city will reinstate a mask mandate amid an uncontrolled fourth surge of COVID-19. City employees will also be required to receive the vaccine.
The announcement comes just nine days after she imposed an advisory and on the heels of an announcement by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, who warned that the rest of state could soon be under a mandate. Louisiana is No. 1 in the country in terms of new cases of the coronavirus per capita, and state health officer Dr. Joe Kanter said that most new cases are of the more virulent, more transmissible Delta variant.