The Louisiana governor will allow the COVID-19 emergency order to expire this week
The Louisiana governor will allow the COVID-19 emergency order to expire this week

The Louisiana governor will allow the COVID-19 emergency order to expire this week

For the first time in 24 months, Louisiana will not have an emergency order for coronavirus in place. Governor John Bel Edwards announced during his State of the State speech that he will not extend his COVID-19 emergency order, which is set to expire on March 16. Edwards said the decision was not made easily, but with vaccines available and cases down, the order did not need to be continued. Edwards also stressed that if another public emergency were to be ordered, he would not hesitate to do so. While masks are not required nationwide in Louisiana, there are still federal rules that require them in health care and on public transportation. In addition, local authorities, school districts and businesses may choose to require masks as they see fit, based on the level of COVID-19 in their communities. The governor’s current order expires on Wednesday. The original COVID-19 public health emergency was signed on March 11, 2020 and has been extended and amended as the Louisiana pandemic has changed. Read Edward’s statement on the order from his State of the State address below: “On March 11, 2020, I signed a public health emergency for COVID-19. And although it changed to reflect the ebb and flow of the pandemic, it has remained in effect since “This Wednesday the order expires. And after 24 months I will not renew it.” This decision was certainly not taken lightly. I have met with the Department of Administration, GOHSEP, the Department of Health and the Louisiana National Guard to ensure that there will be no federal aid effect or other negative consequences of not renewing the proclamation. “Just because the proclamation expires does not mean COVID is over “If circumstances require, I will not hesitate to declare another emergency. But God willing, we will never have to see such difficult remedial measures in our state again.” I do not know what the future holds, but I know that we are in a much better place today than we were two years ago. “Dr. Joe Kanter and Secretary Dr. Courtney Phillips. They may be tired, but they have not faltered in their efforts to save lives.”

For the first time in 24 months, Louisiana will not have an emergency order for coronavirus in place.

Governor John Bel Edwards announced during his State of the State speech that he will not extend his COVID-19 emergency order, which is set to expire on March 16.

Edwards said the decision was not made easily, but with available vaccines and cases down, the order did not need to be continued.

Edwards also stressed that if another public emergency were to be ordered, he would not hesitate to do so.

While masks are not required nationwide in Louisiana, there are still federal rules that require them in health care and on public transportation.

In addition, local authorities, school districts and businesses may choose to require masks as they see fit, based on the level of COVID-19 in their communities.

The governor’s current order expires on Wednesday.

The original COVID-19 public health emergency was signed on March 11, 2020 and has been extended and amended as the Louisiana pandemic has changed.

Read Edward’s statement on the order from his State of the State address below:

“On March 11, 2020, I signed a public health emergency for COVID-19. And although it changed to reflect the ebb and flow of the pandemic, it has been in effect since then. This Wednesday, the order expires. And after 24 months, I will not renew it.

“This decision was certainly not taken lightly. I have met with the Department of Administration, GOHSEP, the Department of Health and the Louisiana National Guard to ensure that there will be no federal aid effect or other negative consequences of not renewing the proclamation.

“Just because the proclamation expires does not mean that COVID is over. If circumstances require it, I will not hesitate to declare another emergency. But if God wills, we will never have to see such difficult remedial measures in our state again.

“I do not know what the future holds, but I know we are a much better place today than we were two years ago.

“It’s largely due to health heroes around the state and the loyal team in the Louisiana Department of Health, including State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter and Secretary Dr. Courtney Phillips. They may be tired, but they have not faltered in their efforts to save life.”

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