Mayor uninterested in shutting down Minden during latest COVID surge

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden Mayor Terry Gardner is concerned about COVID-19’s new Delta Variant Strain, but he in not yet ready to implement any rules that will strangle his community.

“On a local level, I still encourage people if they’re in a crowd or attend a church where they are going to be in close proximity to others besides their family, to wear a mask,” Gardner said. “Or if they are going to events, move them to larger facilities where you can sit farther apart.”

It’s a matter of using common sense, he said.

“Don’t touch your face, wash your hands frequently, have things at your house, if you go to a restaurant, don’t huddle up close to people,” he advised. “I don’t want to be known as the mayor that shut his city down again.”

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, Gov. John Bel Edwards and LDH are recommending – but not mandating – that everyone wear a mask for the duration of the latest surge in COVID.

Some local retail businesses are offering masks to customers but not requiring them.


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