Louisiana moving to Phase Three on Friday

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards today announced that the state will advance Friday from Phase Two to Phase Three of reopening amid the fight against COVID-19.

That means fewer restrictions on the number of people that can gather and the percentage of occupancy at businesses.

Edwards did not, however, lift the mask mandate that requires people cover their mouths and noses in public.

"This is probably the hardest decision that I have made thus far," the governor said.

He said he would release details Friday of what Phase Three will look like.

The governor did say, "Phase Three is not a lifting of all restrictions... we do need people to do their part... the mask mandate is going to stay in place."

“My concern is that when you say that you are going into the next phase of reopening people assume that everything is ok, well it is not ok. We are still number one in the country in cases per capita,” said Edwards.

The White House Opening America website describes Phase Three guidelines, but states including Louisiana have been using modified restrictions.  So, while the recommendations below may provide some insight... they do not tell us what Phase Three will look like in Louisiana.

  • VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS can resume public interactions, but should practice physical distancing, minimizing exposure to social settings where distancing may not be practical, unless precautionary measures are observed.
  • LOW-RISK POPULATIONS should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments.
  • EMPLOYERS Resume UNRESTRICTED STAFFING of worksites.
  • VISITS TO SENIOR CARE FACILITIES AND HOSPITALS can resume. Those who interact with residents and patients must be diligent regarding hygiene.
  • LARGE VENUES (e.g., sit-down dining, movie theaters, sporting venues, places of worship) can operate under limited physical distancing protocols.
  • GYMS can remain open if they adhere to standard sanitation protocols.
  • BARS may operate with increased standing room occupancy, where applicable.