'Indoor mask advisory' issued in New Orleans


With Louisiana seeing another dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations today as the Delta variant-fueled surge spreads across the state, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is telling the city it's time to mask up again.

"It is and has caused us to not only hone in on it but come before the public and strongly putting in place an indoor mask advisory," Mayor Cantrell said this afternoon. She says that even includes people who are vaccinated -- like herself.

The mayor said unvaccinated individuals should have been masking up in the two months since she lifted the mask mandate for the vaccinated, but she says that is clearly not the case, as New Orleans percent-positivity has gone from 1.6 percent to 6.5 percent in the past two weeks.

Cantrell urged all those eligible to get the shot but haven't yet to do so, because not enough people are vaccinated to stop COVID from spreading.

The mayor did not announce any capacity limits or other restrictions, but said the only way to avoid going back is to mask up and get the shots.