Day 1: Acadiana reaction to new face mask mandate mostly positive

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) At 12:01 a.m. Monday, the governor’s public face mask requirement got underway.

Local resident Katie Latour says she doesn’t mind having to wear a face covering while in public.

“I work in a restaurant, and I have to wear a mask all the time anyway.  I just think it’s a nice thing for people to do,” Latour explained.

Resident Timothy King says he understands what the governor is trying to do.

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“My understanding is that it’s to stop the spread of germs.  If that’s what it takes to do it, then so be it,” King added.

The governor calls the mandate a reasonable expectation.

“I think it’s important. We have to be cautious. We have to make sure that we’re wearing a mask so we can beat this coronavirus,” resident Kandra Charles said.

The sweltering heat doesn’t make it easy to comply with the mandate.

The governor confirmed that in two weeks a decision will made whether to cancel or extend it.

“I rather be hot than get coronavirus. It’s a short time discomfort but we need to do it,” Charles said.

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