Gov. John Bel Edwards announces phase 1 of reopening begins May 15

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Baton Rouge New COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents from April 27 to May 7. Image courtesy of PAR Louisiana.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced today that Louisiana’s restaurants, gyms, and hair salons will be able to resume limited operations beginning Friday, when the state officially moves into the first phase of a staged reopening from the COVID-19 crisis.

Bars that don’t serve food, tattoo and massage parlors, amusement parks, and other large event venues will remain closed through at least June 5.

Businesses that will be allowed to reopen must follow safety protocols that will limit the number of customers allowed inside to no more than 25%.

“Twenty-five percent is designed to allow six feet between people and 10 feet between tables,” Edwards said.

The new restrictions will be in place until at least June 5.

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