Phase Three could arrive this week

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Could Louisiana finally move on to Phase Three of economic reopening? Governor John Bel Edwards will announce his decision as soon as today as the current proclamation of Phase Two expires Friday.

“Obviously I hope that we can.   I hope the data supports that,” said Edwards.

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The state moved into Phase Two on June 5th and on July 13th had a modification, adding closing bars and mandating mask usage while inside businesses. Restaurants have been limited to 50% capacity for in-person dining. Indoor gatherings above 50 people have also been banned.

Edwards says recent metrics are encouraging in Louisiana’s battle against the spread of COVID-19.

“The data shows us that positivity continues to decline, hospitalizations continue to decline, and so forth,” said Edwards.

Edwards applauds residents for their spread mitigation efforts in reopening the economy, but continues to encourage practicing safety measures around others, until a vaccine is found, no matter how burned out someone may be with them.

“Guess what?  The virus doesn’t care whether you are tired of it, so we need to stay on task,” said Edwards.