City of Monroe reinstates mask mandate
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis has reinstated COVID-19 protocols for city buildings. The reinstatement comes as the COVID cases count continues to rise in Region 8.
According to a press release from the city, masks must be worn inside Monroe city buildings when social distancing cannot be maintained, regardless of vaccination status. The mandate will go into effect at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday night (July 27) ahead of the city council meeting.
Officials say the reinstated COVID-19 protocols will be in effect at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting; masks will be required for those in attendance and capacity limits will be in effect to encourage social distancing. They say visitors to the city buildings and offices will also be required to have their temperatures checked upon entry into the building.
The press release says masks will also continue to be worn on the city’s public transportation. The release says the updated guidance comes ahead of the fall when the Delta variant is expected to cause another surge in new coronavirus cases.
Mayor Ellis and the City of Monroe want to encourage citizens to follow COVID-19 mitigation efforts previously set forth by Governor John Bel Edwards:
- -Wear a mask when social distancing cannot be maintained
- -Wash your hands
- -Keep your distance
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