A day that we thought might not ever come. Governor Edwards announced today during his 3:00 pm press conference that the state-wide mask mandate that is set to expire tomorrow, will indeed be lifted and not renewed for another month.

The state has gone up and down with its numbers, phases, and mandates, but tomorrow will mark the second time that the state's mask mandate is officially lifted. Edwards did note that the mandate is only lifted for the next 28 days. After that, the status of the state will be reassured. He also noted that the mandate will remain in place for K-12 public and private schools. Those schools still have the option to opt-out of the mask mandate as long as they adhere to the CDC guidelines that are currently in place.

Edwards noted that hospitalizations rates are continuing to drop steadily around the state, and vaccinations are increasing although not as much as the medical experts would like. Edwards also noted that local government and businesses can still mandate masks per their choosing. Masks will still be required for mass transit and medical facilities. The CDC still does state that anyone 2 years of age or older still should wear a mask if you are not vaccinated. If you are vaccinated, the CDC still suggests wearing masks indoors in public areas.

Answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

Vaccinations for COVID-19 began being administered in the U.S. on Dec. 14, 2020. The quick rollout came a little more than a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed has also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from the practical—how will I get vaccinated?—to the scientific—how do these vaccines even work?

Keep reading to discover answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions.