BREAKING: Louisiana will enter ‘Phase One’ of reopening Friday

Published 2:35 pm Monday, May 11, 2020

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Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday that the state will be lifting its “Stay at Home” order on Friday, and moving into “Phase One” of its reopening plan.

Edwards said that the state will remain in Phase One until Friday, June 5, and any announcement about new steps (such as moving to Phase Two) would be made Monday, June 1.

“Phase One” is based on federal guidelines about reopening, and will loosen a number of the restrictions of the Stay at Home order.

Restaurants will be allowed to offer dine-in services if they limit indoor table service to 25 percent of their capacity. Churches, gyms, movie theaters and other places of worship can also open with 25-percent capacity.

Barber shops, nail salons, hair salons, bars that offer food service, casinos, video poker parlors, museums, zoos and aquariums can also operate at 25 percent of their normal capacity.

Massage parlors, spas, bars without food permits and tattoo parlors are among the businesses that will remain closed.

Social distancing and masks are still encouraged, and employees that interact with the public are still required to wear masks. Vulnerable people, like the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, are encouraged to continue to shelter in place.

This is a developing story. More information will be published to this website as it becomes available.