New Orleans will roll back its indoor mask mandate on Wednesday amid a surge in Omicron cases, the city’s health director announced at a press conference, as the city resumes its signature Mardi Gras parade after canceling last year’s celebration. prepares to do.
New Orleans health director Dr Jennifer Avegno said the return of the mandate was due to rising Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state, which have increased seven-fold in the past three weeks.
According to the state’s COVID-19 tally, Orleans Parish, where the city is located, reported 1,531 new COVID-19 cases as of December 29, a 60% increase from the previous week. tracker,
Avegno said the mandate will likely continue throughout the Mardi Gras season, which begins on March 1, 2022.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell[de]first announced in October that Mardi Gras parades would once again resume, and confirmed his decision a week earlier, saying plans for the 2022 Mardi Gras celebration would continue.without a doubt,