The Governor of Louisiana has extended the statewide stay-at-home orders until May 15 because the state hasn’t met the necessary goals. ArkLaTex reports.
The Governor made an announcement yesterday about the reasons for the extension. While areas like New Orleans have met the White House guidelines, there are several parts of the state where the numbers of cases are still increasing.
The order is receiving some modifications on May 1st. Malls will be able to run retail from curbs, and restaurants will be able to have patio services without table service. However, all public-facing workers will now be required to wear masks. There are also strong recommendations for everyone to wear masks in public.
Baton Rouge and Monroe have seen an increase in cases and hospitalizations. Other areas are remaining steady. The state hopes to increase testing during the next two weeks so that, when the orders are lifted further, new hotspots aren’t created.
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Once Phase 1 starts, hopefully on May 16, several business types will be able to reopen and restrictions on public spaces will also lift. However, there will be occupancy restrictions and there will still be requirements for social distancing. Louisiana hopes to make a final decision on the matter on or by May 11.
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