Lafourche Parish officials are urging residents of the parish to "mask up" to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Parish President Archie Chaisson is teaming with Lafourche Chamber President/CEO Lin Kiger and Thibodaux Chamber President/CEO Tammy Ledet in advising Lafourche businesses to mask up when dealing with members of the public.

This guidance comes after the increase in community spread of COVID in recent days. The CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in case you're infected but do not display symptoms.

“Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing, but it reduces community spread, so we still encourage everyone to maintain at least six feet away in conjunction with masking up,” said Parish President Archie Chaisson.

According to Governor John Bel Edwards' Executive Order issued on June 25, “All businesses and organizations shall require that any owner or employee having interactions or contact with the public shall wear a mask or face covering.”

Kiger said this is an issue of public safety.

“We want everyone to be back in business, while respecting everyone’s health and safety," he said. "It is imperative that we follow the Governor’s order as we strive for business as usual.”

Masks or face coverings should be worn in indoor spaces and anytime in public when you are near others who are not in your immediate household.

The purpose of masking is not to protect yourself, but to protect others. If everyone were to wear one, droplets would be limited and scientists and medical professionals say that community spread would rapidly slow.

“Together, we can lessen the spread of this pandemic by simply following our Governor’s Executive Order. Let’s do our part so that we can resume to some form of normalcy for the sake of our community and for our businesses,” said Thibodaux Chamber President/CEO Tammy Ledet.

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