Parish President Mike Cooper Eases Mask Requirements for St. Tammany Parish
On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, Governor John Bel Edwards announced his decision to ease some of the restrictions of the statewide mask mandate, leaving decisions regarding stricter masking policies to local governments. President Cooper made the decision to opt out of the mask mandate by signing an Executive Order further modifying and easing Phase III restrictions. Starting Wednesday, April 28, 2021, masks will no longer be required, with the exception of mandates remaining under the Governor’s Order.
“St. Tammany Parish will be no more restrictive with our masking policies than Governor Edwards’ Executive Order,” said President Cooper. “As we progress, it is important that our citizens continue taking the necessary safety precautions to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This is great for our community and our local businesses, but it does not mean we are out of the woods yet. My top priority is to keep us moving forward by balancing the health of our community with the health of our economy.”
St. Tammany Parish is among the parishes with the highest vaccination rates in the state, and has seen sustained decreases in percent positivity rates, currently at 1.9 percent (LDH).
As per the Governor’s Executive Order, mandates will remain for: K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public transit, many state government buildings, and health care facilities. Masks are still encouraged for those who wish to wear them.