The City of New Orleans is reinstating an indoor mask mandate.
According to Nola.com, the announcement was on Tuesday morning during a press conference. They say they announcement comes after the city has been dealing with the surge of the Omicron variant.
Reports say the mandate will go into effect on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at 6:00 a.m. It will remain in place until further notice, the city says.
The Advocate reports that city officials say it is likely the mandate will last until after carnival season.
Masks will be required at all indoor spaces, including schools, they say.
- Masks required indoors in restaurants, bars, fitness centers, entertainment venues, and other businesses.
- Masks required in all healthcare facilities and public transportation, including airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, buses, taxis, ride-shares, and the corresponding transportation hubs.
- Masks required in all K-12 education institutions, unless the institution has adopted an isolation and quarantine policy for students, faculty, and staff consistent with the protocols set by the Louisiana Department of Health.
Officials say everyone, regardless of their vaccination status, should wear a mask indoors when with people who are not members of their immediate household.
The New Orleans Health Department will also be distributing N95 masks. Distribution is scheduled to take place at the following locations Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., while supplies last:
- Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.
- Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive
- East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd.
- Milton H. Latter Memorial Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave.
- Robert E. Smith Library, 6301 Canal Blvd.
- Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd.
- Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave.
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