COVID-19: Governor Issues Statewide “Stay At Home Order”

 

During this afternoon’s press conference(Sunday, March 22) Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statewide “Stay at Home” order, to go into effect tomorrow at 5 p.m. (Monday, March 23) and will remain through April 12th. Gov. Edwards is asking the state and its residents for maximum compliance with the order so to further fight the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, where confirmed cases are ten times higher than they were 7 days ago. Over 800 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in more than half of Louisiana’s parishes, with 20 deaths reported. Below are details on the Governor’s orders from gov.louisiana.gov.

“For businesses, the new Stay at Home order has limits on the following:

  • All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, trampoline parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, pool halls, children’s play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, any theaters, concert and music halls, adult entertainment venues, racetracks, and other similar businesses.
  • All personal care and grooming businesses, including but not limited to, barber shops, beauty salons, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, and other similar businesses.
  • All malls, except for stores in a mall that have a direct outdoor entrance and exit that provide essential services and products as provided by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines.
  • Businesses closed to the public as listed in the order can conduct necessary activities such as payroll, cleaning services, maintenance or upkeep as necessary.
  • Any business not covered by the guidance from the CISA discussed in Section 3 of the order and not ordered to temporarily close must reduce operations to continue with minimum contact with members of the public and essential employees, while requiring proper social distancing, adhering to the 10-person limitation on gathering size.
  • Early learning centers and child care facilities adhering to the guidance issued by the Louisiana Department of Education and Office of Public Health may continue to operate.”

YOU CAN

  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store

  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities

  • Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)

  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru

  • Care for or support a friend or family member

  • Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others.

  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary

  • Help someone to get necessary supplies

  • Receive deliveries from any business which delivers

 

YOU SHOULD NOT

  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order

  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need

  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out

  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility or other residential care facility, except for limited exceptions as provided on the facility websites.

Click HERE to read the official orders from the state

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