BATON ROUGE, La. (WVUE) - Governor John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that Louisiana will move into Phase 3 of recovery Friday.
Edwards stated that due to the improvement in the number of COVID-19 cases, he will allow Phase 2 to expire on September 11.
“This was probably the hardest decision that I’ve made thus far, not based on data, but activity going on state,” says Edwards.
The governor shared that since Wednesday, Louisiana has seen 499 new cases of COVID-19 and an additional 21 deaths bringing the number of deaths since the start of the pandemic to just under 5,000.
Edwards reminded residents that, “Phase 3 is not a lifting of all restrictions.”
According to CDC guidelines, these are the restrictions under Phase 3:
- Vulnerable individuals can resume public interactions but should practice physical distancing.
- Low-risk populations should still consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments.
- Businesses can resume unrestricted staffing at worksites.
- Visits to nursing homes and hospitals can resume.
- Large venues such as restaurants, movie theaters, sporting venues and churches will be able to operate under limited physical distancing protocols.
- Bars may operate with increased standing room occupancy.
Gov. Edwards added that despite moving into Phase 3, the statewide mask mandate will remain in place.
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