SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is amending his state’s mask mandate, which is set to expire Wednesday, April 28.
He announced Tuesday, April 27, that local governments will be able to set their own mandates.
However, face masks still will be required on public transportation, in K-12 schools, colleges, universities, state buildings and health care facilities.
Ahead of the governor’s announcement, people in Shreveport were talking about whether they’ll continue to wear a mask after the mandate is lifted. Some people say they’ll continue to wear them in order to protect others.
Mary Aldrich said she will continue to wear masks to protect others.
“Until cases are at zero, I don’t feel comfortable with it. I mean not zero, because that’s unrealistic but I feel like it’s going to keep spreading,” she said.
Mary Koerner says she believes masks are not useful if people don’t wear them correctly.
“Easy in and easy out not everyone wears them the same way, so the effectiveness is only as good as the wear,” she said.
More than 10,000 people lost their life to COVID-19 in the state of Louisiana.
LSU Health Chancellor of Research Chris Kevil said with changes to the mandate, he recommends more people get the vaccine.
“You never know how susceptible you are to the virus or to developing severe symptoms, so in my mind personally, a little bit of prevention goes a long way,” he said.