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Gov. Edwards: La. will move to Phase 2 of reopening June 5

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at a briefing on the state's efforts against the coronavirus pandemic in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. | Source: AP Photo / Gerald Herbert
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at a briefing on the state's efforts against the coronavirus pandemic in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. | Source: AP Photo / Gerald Herbert(KALB)
Published: Jun. 1, 2020 at 2:17 PM CDT
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Governor John Bel Edwards announced Monday, June 1 that Louisiana will move into Phase 2 of the White House’s reopening guidelines Friday, June 5. The governor’s executive order for Phase 1 reopening is set to expire the same day.

Under Phase 2, bars and breweries without an LDH food permit are allowed to reopen at 25% capacity. Spas, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, bowling alleys, and event centers are also able to reopen in Phase 2. Restaurants, stores, and other businesses that have been operating at 25% capacity will be able to operate at 50% capacity in Phase 2.

OVERVIEW OF BUSINESSES THAT CAN OPEN:

Businesses that will be able to open at 50 percent occupancy include:

•Restaurants, cafes and coffee shops

•Shopping malls (including food courts, following restaurant guidance)

•Gyms and fitness centers

•Barber and beauty shops and nail salons

•Movie theaters

•Racetracks (not open to spectators)

•Museums (including children’s museums), zoos, aquariums (no tactile exhibits)

•Bars and breweries with LDH food permits

•Massage establishments, spas, and tattoo establishments (under strict guidance from LDH), esthetician services (under strict guidance from the Cosmetology Board)

•Pool halls, bowling alleys and skating rinks (children must be accompanied by an adult)

•Event Centers and wedding venues

•Outdoor playgrounds and play centers (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Casinos and video poker establishments may open at 50 percent occupancy, but limited to 75 percent of their gaming positions, with spacing to allow for social distancing and with enhanced sanitation. Plans must be submitted to the Gaming Control Board which will issue guidance to these facilities.

Bars and breweries that do not have LDH food permits will be able to open with strict social distancing requirements and patrons seated at 25 percent occupancy.

Arcades and trampoline parks may open under approved plans by the State Fire Marshal, with minors accompanied by parents.

Summer camps were allowed to open with restrictions in Phase One, and additional guidance will be issued. Sleep-away camps are not allowed in Phase Two.

The following businesses remain closed: carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, fairs, contact sports, children’s indoor play centers, theme parks, concert and music halls, and other similar businesses. Live entertainment is not permitted inside any building or indoor function.

The Governor encourages businesses that can allow employees to work remotely to consider doing so, especially if an employee is at high risk for becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 or shares a household with a high-risk person.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Business and faith leaders can visit

to receive guidance and updates from the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Louisiana Department of Health. Businesses that require approval of reopening plans will be notified by the State Fire Marshal’s Office or the Louisiana Department of Health.

For a guide listing businesses that can be open at any given time,

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Members of the public can continue to get information from the Governor’s office by visiting

and by texting LACOVID to 67283.

Members of the public can continue to get information from the Department of Health by

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People with general questions about COVID-19 in Louisiana can call 211.

Full press conference with Gov. Edwards:
Gov. announces next steps for reopening Louisiana

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Posted by KALB News Channel 5 on Monday, June 1, 2020
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