Governor Edwards Announces Phase One Reopening of State on May 15th

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced Monday, May 11 the state will enter Phase 1 of reopening effective Friday, May 15.The new phase will loosen restrictions the governor put in place in March as a way to lessen the spread of the COVID-19.

The governor said the following types of locations will be allowed to reopen Friday, with a limit in place of 25% of their normal capacity: Churches, restaurants, coffee shops, and cafes (including indoor table-side service), movie theaters, zoos and aquariums (no touching exhibits), gyms and fitness centers, hair and nail salons, retails store with exterior exits (such as anchor stores at malls),casinos, video poker parlors, and racetracks (no spectators),bars and breweries with a Louisiana Dept. of Health food permit.

The following types of businesses will remain closed: massage establishments and spas, tattoo parlors, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, trampoline parks, arcades, fairs, bars and breweries without LDH food permits, pool halls, contact sports, children’s play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, adult entertainment venues, and other similar businesses.

“Because of the Stay-at-Home order, Louisianans were able to dramatically improve our trajectory, reduce the number of new cases, keep our healthcare system from being overrun, and save lives,” said Edwards. “It is because of this hard work that I, in consultation with public health experts and business and industry leaders, feel confident that all across the state we can move forward with entering into Phase One.”

“Because we meet the White House statewide threshold criteria, starting on Friday, additional businesses may open with reasonable limitations to ensure safety for their employees and their customers,” continued Gov. Edwards. “Those who are at high risk of dying from COVID-19, including the elderly, residents of long-term care facilities, and those with poor control of certain illnesses, should continue to stay at home and only leave their homes only for essential reasons, like seeking medical care, going to an essential job, or getting food.”

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