Understanding the Mayor’s Mask Mandate
On July 1, 2020, the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of Baton Rouge Mayor-President signed Executive Order No. SWB 2020-07-01, establishing a parish-wide “No Mask, No Service” Policy.
What does the Mayor’s Executive Order do?
The Executive Order requires all commercial and nonprofit entities located in the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge to implement a “No Mask, No Service” Policy.
What is a “No Mask, No Service” Policy?
- The Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees and visitors to the entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth when in an area or whole performing an activity that will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to coworkers or the public.
- The Policy must be posted conspicuously at or near all entrances of any commercial or nonprofit entity in clear view of any employees or members of the public entering the business.
- The Policy may allow individuals with an operational need to remove a face covering.
Are customers/visitors required to wear a face covering under the “No Mask, No Service” Policy?
Yes. All persons over the age of 2 must wear some form of covering that fits snugly over their nose or mouth, such as a commercially made or homemade fabric mask, scarf, bandanna, or handkerchief. The facial covering must be worn at all times while inside all commercial and nonprofit entities located in the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge, except:
- when doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk due to a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability; federal, state or local workplace safety regulations; or other increased safety risk to the person;
- when visibility of the mouth is necessary for communication by or with a person who is hearing-impaired;
- when the person is eating or drinking at a restaurant, coffee shop, dining area, food court, bar, or nigh club;
- when the person is at a gym or fitness center (however, a face covering is required when entering and exiting these areas);
- when temporary removal of the face covering is required to receiver a service involving the area of the nose or mouth authorized by the Executive Order or the Governor’s Order (e.g., dental procedures); or
- when a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
How will the Mayor’s Executive Order be enforced?
First Violation: The Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) will issue a courtesy notification.
Second Violation: BRPD will issue a documented warning.
Third Violation: BRPD will issue a summons under Municipal Ordinance § 15:5. A person convicted of violating Municipal Ordinance § 15:5 shall be punished by a fine of not more than $200 or by imprisonment for no more than 60 days, or both.
Does the Mayor’s Executive Order apply to the Cities of Baker, Central, and Zachary?
No. Section 7 of the Executive Order expressly excludes the Cities of Baker, Central, and Zachary from the Order.
When does the Mayor’s Executive Order go into effect?
The Mayor’s Executive Order goes into effect at 12:01 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020.
When does the Mayor’s Executive Order end?
The Mayor’s Executive Order terminates at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2020.