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Shreveporters react to another statewide indoor mask mandate

Some businesses will continue to require customers to wear face masks after the state's mask...
Some businesses will continue to require customers to wear face masks after the state's mask mandate is lifted.(KSLA)
Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 12:34 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 11:03 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - As of Aug. 4, 2021, Louisiana is once again under an indoor mask mandate as the state deals with its fourth surge of COVID-19.

Regardless of vaccination status, the mandate applies to all residents age 5 or older. The mandate will remain in effect until Sept. 1; however, Gov. John Bel Edwards said he will extend it if needed.

KSLA News 12 went to big-box stores, gas stations and restaurants in Shreveport to see if they were complying with the mask mandate.

The majority of businesses had signs on their front doors advising people to wear a mask inside. A few stores did not require customers to wear a mask.

“I think it’s a responsibility to keep customers safe,” Liz Bretzen said. “We require all customers to wear a mask inside.”

Operators of the stores that are not enforcing the mask mandate would not go on camera or make a statement. A few people did say they don’t want to be forced to wear a mask.

“I don’t like masks and half the people wearing one are not wearing them correctly,” Rob Cox said.

Several people said they will wear a mask but are not taking the vaccine.

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