Louisiana Mask Mandate, Virus Rules Challenged In Court
Testimony in a lawsuit challenging Gov. John Bel Edwards’ statewide mask mandate and bar restrictions enacted to combat the coronavirus outbreak will go into a second day. Four Jefferson Parish residents are asking Judge Janice Clark to declare the rules null and void and prohibit the Democratic governor from enforcing them.
Their lawsuit argues Edwards’ order requiring the masks, banning indoor gatherings above 50 people and limiting bars to takeout and delivery is unconstitutional.
Edwards' administration Wednesday defended the regulations as helping to slow the spread of the virus. The business owners suing the governor argued he was treating bars unfairly and overstepping his authority.