Gov. Edwards announces closure of all public schools K-12 beginning March 16
Gov. John Bel Edwards has announced that all public K-12 schools in Louisiana will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13.
News Channel 5 has learned that all Catholic schools within the Diocese of Alexandria will also be closed from March 16 and resume on April 13.
The Governor will address this order at his 3 p.m. joint media briefing with New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell at New Orleans City Hall.
“We are at an inflection point now and we are going to take bold action to minimize the further spread of this illness. That is why I am issuing this order today, ending all events of more than 250 people, closing our schools, and reducing the amount of face-to-face public interaction at state government buildings,” Gov. Edwards said. “In a separate executive order, I will grant Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s request to move our upcoming elections for April and May to June and July. The limits on gatherings of 250 people or more statewide is based on federal CDC guidance given the community spread which we are currently experiencing. These steps are necessary to protect the health and safety of the people of Louisiana from the risk of COVID-19.”
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