Lifting of Mask Mandate Could Boost Economy

Baton Rouge, La. (April 27, 2021) – Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) President and CEO Adam Knapp released the following statement related to the Governor’s rescinding of the statewide mask mandate effective Wednesday:

“It’s an exciting day for Louisiana’s economic recovery from the pandemic. The lifting of the statewide mask mandate is an indication that our efforts around vaccination and lowering the rate of transmission have so far been successful. Since the beginning of the pandemic, BRAC has maintained a position of supporting “Safe at Work” strategies, meaning that to the extent that it is safe and practical, businesses should be open to their fullest extent. We have heard from businesses in recent weeks that COVID restrictions have cost them business activity and productivity. This will be an opportunity for business owners to reassess their protocols and establish safety practices that work for them, their employees, and their customers. We are hopeful this will result in job growth across the region. For those businesses that are looking to hire, we encourage you to post your openings on BRAC’s BR Works page at”

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber 

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, mid-sized firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at    


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