Gov. Edwards Expands Proclamation Aimed to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards significantly expanded his recent proclamation aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 across Louisiana. The state has reported its third death related to the coronavirus and the number of positive cases continues to rise statewide.

The updated proclamation calls for a limit to gatherings of no more than 50 as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and all bars, movie theaters and fitness centers and casinos will close. Restaurants will not be allowed to have patrons eat on-site, rather they will be limited to drive-thru, pick-up and delivery orders only. These are among several changes to the proclamation that will become effective at midnight tonight. 

Additionally, the order addresses emergency procurement measures and the use of video or teleconferencing for public meetings. It also suspends various prescriptive periods and legal deadlines and allows for the chief law enforcement officer of a parish to set a curfew, among other things.

Read updated proclamation here.