Governor John Bel Edwards said today that “Louisiana is experiencing a third surge of COVID-19. With the continued rise in cases and hospitalizations, we have reason to worry and to make necessary changes in how we are battling this virus”.
He announced that we will be going to a revised Phase 2.
In an effort to again flatten the curve, slow the spread, save lives and ensure hospital capacity and keep schools open, here is what Edwards said that are doing:
- Sports events limited to 25% capacity
- Restaurants, gyms, casinos, non-essential retail limited to 50% capacity
- Churches and places of worship limited to 75% capacity
- Bars can allow up to 25% capacity indoors in parishes with a sustained positivity rate below 5%. Parishes with positivity rates higher than 5% can allow only outdoor seating at bars, up to 50 people.
- Event centers limited to 25% (up to 75 people at indoor venues and up to 150 at outdoor venues where social distancing is not possible)
- Mask mandate remains in place
- Employers suggested to maximize remote work when possible
- Families asked to engage in “safe” activities, do not gather with people from outside households