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We are in: Phase 2


Phase 2

  • ALL VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS should continue to shelter in place. Members of households with vulnerable residents should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not practical, they could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate from vulnerable residents.
  • All individuals, WHEN IN PUBLIC (e.g., parks, outdoor recreation areas, shopping areas), should maximize physical distance from others. Social settings of more than 50 people, where appropriate distancing may not be practical, should be avoided unless precautionary measures are observed.
  • NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL can resume.
  • ELECTIVE SURGERIES can resume, as clinically appropriate, on an outpatient and in-patient basis at facilities that adhere to CMS guidelines.
  • Continue to ENCOURAGE TELEWORK, whenever possible and feasible with business operations.
  • Close COMMON AREAS where personnel are likely to congregate and interact, or enforce moderate social distancing protocols.
  • Strongly consider SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS for personnel who are members of a VULNERABLE POPULATION.
  • Businesses can host up to 50% of their capacity, up from 25% in Phase 1
  • SCHOOLS AND ORGANIZED YOUTH ACTIVITIES (e.g., daycare, camp) can reopen.
  • VISITS TO SENIOR CARE FACILITIES AND HOSPITALS should be prohibited. Those who do interact with residents and patients must adhere to strict protocols regarding hygiene.
  • LARGE VENUES (e.g., sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship) can operate under moderate physical distancing protocols.
  • GYMS can remain open if they adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols
  • BARS may operate with diminished standing-room occupancy (25%), where applicable and appropriate.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Louisiana Department of Health have issued guidance for churches and different types of businesses to help them enter Phase One in a way that ensures they operate safely and at the maximum level allowed. Business owners and faith leaders can find information at

FOR MORE INFORMATION:                                                

  • Business and faith leaders can visit or register at to receive guidance and updates from the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Louisiana Department of Health.
  • For a guide of businesses that can be open at any given time, visit
  • Members of the public can continue to get information from the Governor’s office by visiting and by texting LACOVID to 67283.
  • Members of the public can continue to get information from the Department of Health by visiting
  • People with general questions about COVID-19 in Louisiana can call 211.

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