Governor closes schools until April 13, halts events of 250 people or more
Published 1:13 pm Friday, March 13, 2020
On Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation that — among other actions — immediately halts any gathering of more than 250 people until Monday, April 13. It also closes all kindergarten-12 public schools statewide effective Monday, March 16, and resuming Monday, April 13, as Louisiana seeks to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state. As of mid-day Friday, Louisiana had 33 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19.
“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,” 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.”