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Gov. Edwards lifts mask mandate, except for certain K-12 Louisiana schools

Gov. John Bel Edwards said in Tuesday's press conference that he is lifting Louisiana's indoor mask mandate for 28 days but keeping in place the face covering requirements for certain K-12 schools that allow students exposed to the coronavirus to remain in the classroom.

"After sustained improvement across the state in new cases, test positivity & hospitalizations, I will lift Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate in all settings except for K-12 schools, which may opt out as long as they continue implementing existing CDC quarantine guidance," Edwards said.

With cases of COVID declining, the executive order, which goes into effect Wednesday, gives school districts a choice: loosen up on either masking or quarantining rules, but not both.

Edwards is against the new policy that was allowed by State Superintendent Cade Brumley. The policy allows parents to have the capability of deciding whether their child should be quarantined or not, if asymptotic, after being exposed to someone who tested positive in school. The policy is optional, and school districts have the choice to decide to implement it or not.

Governor Edwards said that those school districts who did not implement Brumley's policy, and strictly follows the CDC's quarantine process recommendations can go mask-less, but if not, masks are to remain in place.

"The pandemic is not over," said Edwards. "We do not know what the future will bring."