Edwards closes bars, casinos, movie theaters and severely limits restaurants to slow coronavirus spread 

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (Associated Press)

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards took additional measures to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus in Louisiana, further limiting the size of gatherings to fewer than 50 people, closing casinos, bars and movie theaters and limiting restaurants to delivery, takeout and drive-thru orders only. 

These changes will be effective statewide at midnight. 

Operations may be able to resume on April 13, however, the situation will be reevaluated seven days before then. In Louisiana, there are 132 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and two people have died.

“More aggressive steps are necessary to fight the spread of COVID-19 across Louisiana,” Edwards says in a prepared statement. “These limitations were difficult to make, but they are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect the health of Louisianans and flatten the curve.”

“What we’re learning is that it can take two weeks for symptoms to appear. We believe we are still unearthing community spread that’s been around for the past several weeks, which means it is a statewide problem that requires statewide solutions,” Edwards says.  

See Edwards’ full announcement.