In a press conference at the Louisiana State Capitol on July 1, 2020, Gov. John Bel Edwards addresses the state’s coronavirus outbreak.
There will be no more COVID-19 related restrictions on indoor capacities, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced during a news conference Tuesday. Masks will still be required on public transit, in prisons and in hospitals, but Louisiana’s private businesses and its local governments can choose whether to require masks for their residents and customers. But, starting Wednesday, the state is no longer restricting the number of people who can gather indoors.
At the end of the 2020-2021 school year, local districts can decide their own mask policies.
When Edwards enacted the stay-at-home order in March 2020, Louisiana had a 30.2 percent positivity rate. The statewide mask mandate was enacted in July 2020 when Louisiana had a 12.8 percent positivity rate and 1,308 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. On Tuesday, Louisiana had a 3.5 percent positivity rate and 269 hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
“There’s no doubt that we are in a better place today than we’ve been at any point during the pandemic,” Edwards said.
The 269 hospitalized COVID-19 patients is the lowest number since the pandemic began, Edwards said. Louisiana has also stayed below a five percent positivity rate for COVID-19 for about four months, State Health Officer Joe Kanter said during the news conference, which he said “is longer than most other states.”
Over 3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Louisiana. Forty-two percent of adults are fully vaccinated, including 72 percent of adults 65 and older. Almost 31 percent of Louisiana’s total population has been fully vaccinated, Kanter said.
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