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Masks are no longer required for guests at the Louisiana Casino

Posted on April 30, 2021, 3:25 AM

Last updated: April 30, 2021, 04:22 h.

Larry Henry

The Louisiana Casino allows customers to enter the property without a COVID-19 mask. This includes the areas of games, restaurants and hotels.

John Bel Edwards
Louisiana Gov John Bel Edwards (D) displays COVID-19 mask. The governor this week ended his mandate for a mask statewide, but says he will continue to wear it. (Picture: KNOE.com )

L'Auberge Baton Rouge announced this week on its Facebook page that the resort no longer needed masks.

patience during this time and see you soon, ”says the Facebook post.

Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) ended the statewide mask mandate this week. Businesses may still require masks.

The Boat Casino, with its 205-room hotel room, is the largest in the area. It is located on the Mississippi River south of downtown Baton Rouge and the Louisiana State University campus.

74,000 - The casino with a square area of 1,400 slot machines and more than 50 table games. It's built on a barge, but technically it's a river boat.

Louisiana is home to 13 riverboat casinos, one land based casino hotel in New Orleans, and four racino casinos. The two licensed boat casinos that operated last year are not open this year. The boat casino in the Shreveport-Bossier City area closed in 2020, with no plans to reopen. A second river boat in Lake Charles was hurricane damaged and is temporarily closed.

"The virus is still here"

Telephone operator at L'Auberge Baton Rouge said Casino.org on Friday, employees are required to wear masks. The site's website states that servants will wear face masks and gloves "and wear antibacterial handkerchiefs to wipe the steering wheel before parking and retrieving vehicles."

By Friday evening, the site's Facebook post regarding masks had about 600 "likes" and more than 181 user comments.

One Facebook user identified as Latonia Hubbard-Williams wrote: “I still have mine on. The virus is still here. "

A user identified as Cindy Smith wrote: "Yayyy! Let's plan a trip. "

Governor calls for caution

The governor said in a statement on his website that he was withdrawing the mask mandate due to increased vaccine supply in Louisiana and improvements in COVID - 19 hospitalizations. The policy went into effect on Wednesday.

More than 25 percent of Louisiana's residents are fully vaccinated, according to the governor's website. It covers two-thirds of residents 65 and older.

Edwards said local authorities and business owners can set their own rules for masks. Masks are still required statewide "in public transportation and in state government buildings, K - 12 schools, early childhood education centers, colleges and universities, and health care facilities," the website said.

We know masks work, ”Edwards said. "The science is clear and we have seen a positive impact on our own country."

The governor stressed that this change did not end the pandemic. Edwards said he would be careful in his approach to wearing masks.

"Louisiana should respect each other and the companies and places where masks will be required as we enter a new phase in slowing the spread of COVID - 19 in our communities," he said. "I will continue to wear the mask in government buildings and public places, especially when I don't know if anyone around me has been vaccinated, and I encourage everyone to do so as well."

The casino's customers and staff in Mississippi, which borders Louisiana to the east, were allowed to enter casinos this week without wearing masks.

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