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Caddo Parish Commission delays vote on possible emergency mask mandate

During their work session July 19, Caddo commissioners voted 6-5 to add an ordinance calling...
During their work session July 19, Caddo commissioners voted 6-5 to add an ordinance calling for an emergency mask mandate to the agenda for their meeting July 22.(Source: Bubba Kneipp/KSLA News 12)
Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 6:03 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 6:03 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Caddo Parish leaders have decided to delay the vote on possibly implementing an emergency mask mandate for the parish.

The vote is delayed until the next regular session meeting on Aug. 5.

During the meeting, a debate broke out over whether the mandate would violate individual’s rights or if the mandate is the best plan to fight the state’s fourth coronavirus wave.

“I think that it’s imperative to have a mask mandate to stop the spread of COVID-19, as it has been stated by the experts we are in our 4th wave if we are doing anything to slow the spread we must protect ourselves by wearing masks,” said Commissioner Stormy Gage-Watts.

Commissioners say they will watch the number of new cases to decide how they will vote in two weeks.

“If you want to wear a mask, wear it. If you don’t, don’t. If a business wants to let you in without a mask that’s their prerogative, I think the most important thing that was brought up today it’s our choice,” said Commissioner Jim Taliaferro.

Commissioners voted 6-5 during their work session Monday, July 19 in favor of adding the proposal to the agenda for their meeting Thursday, July 22.

If the ordinance is approved in August, businesses at least 50 occupants indoors would have to require facial coverings by everyone.

Louisiana is experiencing it’s fourth COVID surge. However, Gov. John Bel Edwards has said he’s not considering mandating any new COVID-19 protocols at this time.

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