Severity: Critical Alert
Transportation: Officials in Louisiana, US, impose additional business, gathering restrictions July 13, due to increases in COVID-19 activity.
- Alert Begins: 13 Jul 2020 08:58 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 24 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Louisiana (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Business disruptions likely
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued orders to impose previously lifted business and gatherings restrictions in the state, July 13, to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The new orders expire July 24, but are likely to be extended if needed.
Under the new directives, gatherings of more than 50 people are banned, and the use of protective face coverings is required whenever in public for all residents and visitors who are above the age of seven. Local authorities in the parishes of Grant, Red River, and West Feliciana may allow residents not to wear face masks due to low COVID-19 activity within their jurisdictions.
Additionally, all bars statewide must close dine-in operations, and can only continue working for delivery and pick-up services. Other business restrictions remain unchanged, continuing on Phase 2 of the state's economic recovery plan. Multiple businesses can continue operating at 50 percent capacity:
- Restaurants and coffee shop
- Shopping malls
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Personal care businesses, such as barbershops and nail salons
- Movie theaters, museums, zoos, aquariums
- Pool halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks
- Event centers and wedding venues
- Outdoor playgrounds and play centers
Summer camps may operate, but not sleepaway camps. Businesses and services deemed essential will continue to operate, including grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and healthcare facilities, as well as energy, transport, security, and telecommunications companies. Employers must ensure social distancing measures, and enhance sanitation procedures.
Other businesses that must remain closed are amusement and water parks, indoor play centers, concert, music halls and other indoor entertainment venues, carnivals, and fairs. All businesses are encouraged to allow their employees to work from home whenever possible.
Officials could amend restrictions on short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.