SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — A new mask mandate and penalties go into effect today for the City of Shreveport.
Mayor Adrian Perkins officially issued an Executive Order for wearing masks took effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, and will end at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, August 8.
Mayor Perkins issued the order after seeing an alarming rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations.
During an exclusive interview with KTAL NBC 6, Mayor Perkins laid out what consequences businesses will face if they disregard the order.
“So the consequences of that, we reserve the right when we issue ABO permits for people to sell alcohol and liquor, and also for them to remain open during phase two. An additional thing that we as a city provides these businesses is water. So there are several different mechanisms that we can use. But again, we’ve heard from business owners that are happy to comply with this. It protects their business in the long run, it protects their employees. So we’re fully expecting overwhelming support for this” said Mayor Perkins.
Under the order, everyone within the City of Shreveport will have to wear personal protective masks or face coverings over their nose and mouth in:
- All commerical buildings, public buildings, places of worship
- When indoors and in common areas such as restrooms, hallways, stairways and elevators
- Outdoor public spaces where individuals cannot maintain six feet apart
- While riding public transportation, paratransit or rideshare
Those who are exempt from wearing a face mask/covering:
- Persons younger than 2-years-old
- Persons with medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents them from wearing a mask or face covering
- Persons who are hearing impaired
- Persons for whom wearing a personal protective mask or face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state or federal regulators
- Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the mask or face covering is necessary to perform the service
Personal protective masks or face coverings must also be worn:
- Entering or exiting restaurants or bars
- Entering or exiting gyms or other fitness/recreational facilities
- Entering or exiting and remaining in places of worship
Businesses must require all customers, clients and visitors to wear personal protective masks or face coverings over the nose and mouth while indoors or on the premises, and conspicuously post signage at or near all entrances clearly indicating requirements and prohibitions.
Enforcement of these requirements will be handled by the Shreveport Police Department.
Enforcement measures include:
- Revocation of a business’ ability to remain open under Phase two guidelines and cessation of water service to the business.
- Businesses holding Alcoholic Beverage Outlet permits from the City of Shreveport are also advised that the right to maintain such permits is contingent on the business following the applicable laws, including those contained in these guidelines or any subsequently issued by the City of Shreveport.
If a business or organization does not allow entry to a worker, customer or patron because that person refuses to wear a personal protective mask or face covering, and if that worker, customer or patron enters the premises or refuses to leave the premises, law enforcement personnel may enforce the criminal law and any other laws that the worker, customer, and patron may violate.
To view the Executive Order click here