La. will move to Phase 1 of reopening on May 15, Gov. announces

La. will move to Phase 1 of reopening on May 15, Gov. announces
Governor John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana will move to Phase 1 of reopening effective Friday, May 15. (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana will move to Phase 1 of reopening effective Friday, May 15.

As of Monday, May 11, the Louisiana Department of Health reported that the state has roughly 31,815 positive cases, of which 1,310 patients are currently being treated in a hospital. So far they’ve confirmed that roughly 22,608 people have recovered, but 2,242 have died.

Louisiana has remained one of the hardest hit states for the duration of the crisis, which prompted Gov. Edwards to extend the Stay at Home order twice.

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

Under the new restrictions, a restaurant that normally has a capacity of 100 people would be limited to 25 customers, for example.

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