Mask order

Bossier Parish, LA officials want the public to wear masks to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, but they will enforce Louisiana’s new mask requirement only when asked to do so by business owners.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker discussed Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proclamation on July 11 that added mitigation measures to combat the spread of COVID-19.

“We certainly encourage our residents to take necessary safety precautions to help slow the spread of the number of cases of COVID-19 in the state of Louisiana,” Whittington and Walker said in a joint statement.

“Law enforcement officers with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and Bossier City Police Department will only become involved when a customer refuses to leave a place of business after requested to do so by management,” said Whittington.

Additional measures in the Governor’s Proclamation Number 89 include the following:

-- Prohibiting bars from allowing on-premise consumption of food or drinks.

-- Limiting crowd sizes to no more than 50 people (with exceptions for essential businesses and churches).

-- Requiring face coverings to cover the nose and mouth when inside a commercial establishment or public building or space, whether indoor or outdoor (with exceptions where strict social distancing of six feet can be maintained, children under the age of 8, certain medical conditions, eating, communicating with hearing impaired, speaking for broadcast or to an audience, and identifying yourself).

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