As we get ready to enter into Phase 1 of reopening, Governor John Bel Edwards declared some non-essential businesses will be able to resume operations on Saturday, May 16 with restrictions and guidelines for how to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

State buildings will begin to be open to the public on May 15 at 25 percent occupancy and state agencies are directed to continue to bring more state employees back to work in person, with proper distancing and protections in place. In line with the White House Phase One guidance, all employers that can are encouraged to continue to allow their employees to work remotely where possible, and to plan to space out their employees, close communal spaces, require face coverings like masks and increase sanitation protocols when employees do return to the office.

People who are at a higher risk of becoming ill from COVID-19 are encouraged to continue to Stay at Home. However, all individuals are still Safer at Home and should limit their exposure to the novel coronavirus when in public by wearing a facial covering like a cloth mask, practicing good hygiene, including frequent handwashing, and maintaining at least six feet of social distance from people who are not in their households.

Owners of businesses or chuches, should visit to view speicific guidance and resources on reopening.


Business and faith leaders should register at to receive guidance and updates from the State Fire Marshal’s office and the Louisiana Department of Health.

For a guide of businesses that can be open at any given time, visit

Members of the public can continue to get information from the Governor’s office by visiting and by texting LACOVID to 67283.

Members of the public can continue to get information from the Department of Health by visiting
People with general questions about COVID-19 in Louisiana can call 211.

Be Smart. Stay Safe. Mask Up.


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