Will Gov. John Bel Edwards lift Louisiana's COVID-19 mask mandate?: 'Nothing off the table'

Greg Hilburn
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
Gov John Bel Edwards receives Covid 19 Vaccination. Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021.

Will Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards lift the state's mask mandate when he announces his next COVID-19 proclamation Tuesday?

Edwards' current COVID order expires Wednesday. He will announce a new proclamation during a 3:30 p.m. Tuesday press conference.

"Nothing is off of the table until after I receive a briefing and get recommendations and make a decision and you'll learn that (on Tuesday)," the governor said last week when asked about the possibility of lifting the mask mandate. "I'll be back here on Tuesday to make announcements on what comes next."

Neighboring governors in Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas have all lifted their mask mandates in recent weeks.

Edwards has loosened restrictions significantly in his last two orders, but has kept the mask mandate in place until now.

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Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.