BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards covered a handful of topics in his monthly statewide radio call-in show Thursday, including the BESE meeting that was shut down on Wednesday by the board after too many parents refused to mask up.
Edwards responded to the BESE meeting shutdown by saying, “we just have to employ reasonable mitigation measures to slow transmission, to reduce the numbers of people going to the hospital and the number of people dying until we can get more people vaccinated and clearly the mask mandate to include schools is a big part of that.”
The host of the radio show, Jim Engster, asked Gov. Edwards whether he is perplexed by the number of people who just won’t listen.
“I can’t understand that, I certainly can’t explain it,” Edwards said. “There is no reasoning with some people.”
Edwards emphasized that the state is seeing an increase in the number of people getting vaccinated, by over 400% in the last month.
The governor also spoke about the legality of enforcing the mask mandate inside an airport terminal.
When asked about the statewide Social Studies curriculum, Gov. Edwards said, “we need to educate kids on what’s the truth, history is history and the fact that much of it is unflattering doesn’t mean it isn’t true.”
Edwards also spoke about mandating the COVID-19 vaccine when the FDA gives its approval.
On whether it is practical to fill Tiger Stadium, Edwards said that outside is safer than inside and there are ways to make that experience safe.
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