Governor calls 2:30 press conference

Will likely announce mask mandate, restrictions on bars, restaurants

Thomas Perumean
July 11, 2020 - 1:39 pm

In a rare Saturday press briefing, Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to announce he is issuing a statewide mask mandate and fresh restrictions on bars and restaurants. 

Edwards will take to the air at 2:30pm to make the announcement after the latest COVID-19 numbers were announced at noon. 

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Thursday’s numbers were the second highest count since April and today’s numbers were the third highest, showing that the state continues to move in the wrong direction at controlling the outbreak. 

According to the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate states like Texas and Florida have ramped up restrictions and closed bars. 

Florida has banned the consumption of alcohol at clubs. 

Mississippi has implemented a mask mandate as that state runs low on ICU bed space. 

The announcement will be made at the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. 

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