On Monday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced that the state will remain in Phase 2 of reopening from coronavirus lockdowns.
A recent increase in the number of coronavirus cases has caused officials to slow the shift into the less-restrictive Phase 3 of reopening. The governor said there’s been an increase of nearly 90 new hospitalization cases in the last 10 days, a “trend in the wrong direction.” Edwards said the theory that the warmer summer weather would slow the spread of the virus was not happening.
As of noon Monday, there have been 50,239 cases of coronavirus and 3,004 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the state. Phase 2 will remain in effect for another 28 days and the governor will reassess the data in two weeks to potentially come up with a plan to enter Phase 3.
Here are the Phase 2 guidelines that remain in effect:
Restaurants & Retailers that were at 25% occupancy can move to 50% occupancy.
Casinos can move to 50% occupancy with 75% of gaming positions operating if plans are approved by the Gaming Control Board.
Bars can open at 25% capacity, which now includes bars without food permits.
Pool halls, bowling alleys, tattoo shops, recreational pools, and spas can reopen with additional restrictions.
Amusement parks & sleep away camps are still to remain closed.
Businesses are encouraged to perform temperature checks on customers and public-facing employees are still required to wear masks.