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Louisiana Opening For Business –With Stipulations

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is issuing a proclamation that will allow more businesses to open up Friday. This effort will go a long way in getting the state economy functioning after being paralyzed for almost two months due to COVID-19.
 
“Louisiana is entering Phase One for reopening business,” he said. The governor made his decision based on scientific data, advice
from different interest groups from around the state, the Center for Disease Control, and President Donald Trump’s COVID-19
guidelines.
 
“The people of Louisiana have worked really hard in slowing down the spread of COVID-19,” Edwards said. “They have been committed to the state-at-home order.”
 
Edwards issued a stay-at-home order on March 22, 2020 as a direct response to the spread of COVID-19. The order was extended until May 15, 2020. According to The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge, the following are businesses that will be open or closed.
 
  • Aquariums: open to the public at 25% of their capacity, with no organized tours and no tactile exhibits.
  • Barbers: open at 25% capacity with social distancing.
  • Bars: that hold state food service certificate will be able to do or take-out and delivery of food and alcohol and dine-in seating indoor services at 25% of their capacity; outside not crowd size limitations if social distancing practiced. No on-site consumption will be allowed if not seated at State Fire Marshal approved seating.
  • All non-essential business and all non-closed businesses: open to the public at 25% of capacity.
  • Casinos and video poker: open at no more than 25% of their capacity and gaming positions guidance coming from Gaming Control Board
  • Children’s museums: Remain closed.
  • Churches: indoor services at 25% of their capacity; outside not crowd size limitations if social distancing practiced.
  • Funerals: indoor services at 25% of their capacity; outside not crowd size limitations if social distancing practiced.
  • Gyms and fitness centers: open to the public at 25% of their capacity; guidance coming on social distancing and sanitization.
  • Hair salons: open at 25% capacity with social distancing.
  • Malls: Anchor stores of shopping malls with exterior doors accessible by the public will be allowed to be open to the public at 25% capacity.
  • Malls: Interior mall stores can continue to offer their goods for sale to the public for curbside delivery only.
  • Massage parlors: Remain closed
  • Movie theaters: open to the public at 25% capacity; guidance coming on social distancing and sanitization.
  • Museums: open to the public at 25% of their capacity, with no organized tours and no tactile exhibits.
  • Nail salons: open at 25% capacity with social distancing.
  • Public Amusement locations: Remain closed
  • Racetracks: open for races without spectators only if approved by the Louisiana Racing Commission.
  • Restaurants, coffee shops, and cafes open for indoor table service at 25% of their capacity; outdoor seating if social distancing practiced.
  • Spas: Remain closed
  • Tattoo parlors: Remain closed
  • Weddings, indoor services at 25% of their capacity; outside not crowd size limitations if social distancing practiced.
  • Youth baseball camps: not prohibited in previous orders, allowed with social distancing.
  • Youth summer camps: not prohibited in previous orders, allowed with social distancing.
  • Zoos: open to the public at 25% of their capacity, with no organized tours and no tactile exhibits.
 
Phase one restrictions will be in place for 21 days, until June 5.
 
Eric Cormier is the Vice President of Policy and Strategic Development at the Southwest
Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. He can be contacted at 337-433-3632 or ecormier@allianceswla.org.
 

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