Starting today you will have to prove you’re vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test to go almost anywhere inside in New Orleans.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a press briefing on Thursday that it will go into effect on Monday and they will begin aggressive enforcement actions the following week.
But some are calling this move a step too far. The Republican State Central Committee voted to condemn the mayor’s decision, calling on state lawmakers to outlaw vaccine mandates across Louisiana. The Republican-controlled legislature has already tried many options to push back against statewide mandates with little success. A petition put out by some Republican representatives back in October was an attempt to terminate the governor’s mandates. It remains tied up in the court system.
The House Health and Welfare Committee meets Monday, August 16, and has invited the Department of Health to discuss the state’s current situation when it comes to COVID.