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Lafayette City Council rejects mask mandate

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Posted at 4:48 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 00:03:15-05

LAFAYETTE, La. — UPDATE: The Lafayette City Council has voted to reject an emergency ordinance to mandate masks or facial coverings in certain establishments and public places.

Glenn Lazard and Pat Lewis voted in favor of the ordinance, which was rejected by a 3-2 vote.

The council received more than 3,000 calls regarding the proposed mandate, with 999 of those calls in favor of the ordinance.

We reached out to the three council members who voted against the ordinance, but did not receive a response.

The Lafayette Parish Council voted Tuesday night to appoint Robert L. Judge, Jr. to the Lafayette Parish Library Board of Control for the remainder of an unexpired five-year term, through Sept.30, 2025.

According to his resume, Judge is the founder and president of R. L. Judge & Associates, LLC, which provides clients in the maritime and oilfield industry with risk management and claims investigation.

Judge has a bachelor's of science degree from UL Lafayette in secondary science education. He also holds a master's degree in gifted education from UL Lafayette, as well as a master's degree in theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Mass.

Judge has also worked as a physics and chemistry teacher and at Lafayette High School, and a track and field coach at John Paul the Great Academy in Lafayette, Episcopal School of Acadiana and Cathedral Carmel School.

The ordinance, which was placed on the agenda by Councilman Glenn Lazard, would mandate "masks or facial coverings in certain establishments and public places, requiring businesses and organizations to require all employees, customers and visitors to wear a mask or other face covering in certain circumstances."

You can watch the meetings live here

The mask ordinance proposed by Lazard, would require masks or face coverings in any governmental or public building, or commercial establishment, in the city. It would include medical facilities, bars and restaurants, and movie theaters. Masks would be required of all employees who have direct contact with the public, and also of anyone entering or leaving the building, or walking around inside it.

Here's the ordinance: