Governor defends bar closures, mask requirements at press conference

Governor John Bel Edwards

In a press conference heard live on WWL, Governor John Bel Edwards responded questions about mask mandates and a lawsuit by bar owners challenging his authority to close bars as spreading zones for coronavirus. 

“The mask mandate, that’s just part of the new normal,” Edwards said.  “I think people need to be prepared to continue with that.  And by the way it remains a small price to pay to protect the health of our neighbors, our loved ones.”

When asked about the lawsuit in federal court seeking to overturn his proclamation shuttering bars, taverns, and clubs, Edwards defended his decision:

“This is an official position of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, that bars need to be closed,” Edwards said.  “That’s unfortunate, I know that that negatively impacts the livelihood of a number of people.”

Edwards acknowledged the pain of the order and said, “It’s not something that we want to do, we don’t take any delight in it.  But at the end of the day, we have a public health emergency.”