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Mayor: Face coverings mandatory in the City of New Orleans

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Posted at 12:35 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 13:44:47-04

The City of New Orleans will now require face masks be worn by the public.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell made the announcement during a press conference on Wednesday and shared updates via her Twitter account. The face coverings are mandatory in the City of New Orleans and compliance will be monitored by a task force set up by the city.

"We have created a Task Force to ensure compliance. It’s necessary for our safety. Many are not following guidelines. We don’t want to go backwards," Cantrell said. "The Task Force will be going the extra mile aid in enforcement. To make sure we are protected in our City."

Dr. Jennifer Avegno with the New Orleans Health Department said the uptick and cases have not come from protests but from uncontrolled, unmasked gatherings. The police department says that masks will be handed out to those without them. Anyone who sees a large unmasked gathering is asked to call 311

Cantrell stated that the city will be enforcing the mandate. "The City has and will shut down businesses who continue to be out of compliance. There will be accountability. There must be for the safety of the community," she said.

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