Gov. Edwards extends Stay-at-Home Order Until May 15 to Continue Flattening Curve, Slowing Spread of COVID-19

Today, April 27, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced he will extend Louisiana’s Stay at Home order until May 15 to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19. Louisiana does not currently meet the White House criteria for entering Phase One of reopening.
While Louisiana has seen positive, improving trends statewide in terms of new case growth and new hospitalizations, in several regions across the state, new cases and hospitalizations continue to increase or to plateau, according to data from the Louisiana Department of Health. The White House criteria calls for declining numbers of new cases and hospitalizations, among other things.

“Thanks to the commitment of the people of Louisiana, our state has made progress in flattening the curve and reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Unfortunately, we still have a little work to do before we meet the criteria to safely move to the next phase of reopening, so I will extend the state’s Stay at Home order until May 15, with a few minor changes,” Gov. Edwards said. “While this is not the announcement I want to make, I am hopeful, and all of Louisiana should be hopeful, that we will enter into the next phase of reopening soon, in mid-May. I am anxious to get all areas of our economy reopened, but if we accelerate too quickly, we may have to slam on the brakes. That will be bad for public health and for businesses, bad for our people and bad for our state.”

Gov. Edwards’ decision is based on regional data that shows that while overall new cases and hospitalizations have decreased, this is not the case in several regions. In the Baton Rouge and Monroe regions, both new cases and new hospitalizations have increased. Some increases are also being seen in terms of new cases in Acadiana and a plateau for hospitalizations in Southwest Louisiana and a plateau of new cases on the Northshore.

Under the extended order, which will be issued on Friday, May 1, businesses that previously were directed to be closed will remain closed, including salons, barber shops, bars and casinos, among other things.

Businesses that are deemed essential under the third phase of federal CISA guidance may still be open. Non-essential retail businesses in Louisiana continue to be able to open with fewer than 10 people total inside.

Three major changes in the new Stay at Home order include:
Malls will remain closed to the public, but stores may open for curbside delivery.

Restaurants will be allowed to open their outside areas for patrons to eat meals only, without tableside service.

All employees of a business who have contact with the public must wear a mask.

Additionally, both the CDC and the Louisiana Department of Health strongly urge everyone to wear masks when in public.

“Wearing cloth masks or protective face coverings is part of the new normal,” Gov. Edwards said. “Wearing a mask is being a good neighbor and in Louisiana, we pride ourselves on being good neighbors. Your mask protects me and other people and my mask protects you.”

Hopefully, Louisiana will meet the White House criteria and move to Phase 1 on May 15, provided symptoms, new case counts and hospitalizations decrease and the state continues to surge testing and contact tracing capacity. Phase 1 lifts the Stay at Home order and eases restrictions on some public spaces like houses of worship and restaurants and opens other businesses that have been closed such as barber shops and salons, but with restrictions on occupancy and strict requirements for personal distancing and masks to keep everyone safe. Phase One occupancy for these businesses will be limited to 25 percent.

As Louisiana prepares for its next phase of reopening, business owners and faith leaders are encouraged to plan as well, including understanding their building’s maximum occupancy limits, which may require contacting local government or the State Fire Marshal’s office. They should also plan on ensuring their employees have masks.

Gov. Edwards intends to make his next announcement on moving to Phase 1 in Louisiana on or by May 11. 

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12 thoughts on “Gov. Edwards extends Stay-at-Home Order Until May 15 to Continue Flattening Curve, Slowing Spread of COVID-19

  1. JUST A COMMON SENSE APPROACH. IF YOU ARE AT HIGH RISK BECAUSE OF YOUR MEDICAL CONDITION HOW BOUT YOU STAY HOME UNTIL YOU FEEL SAFE OR THEY HAVE VACCINE. ANYONE THAT HAS DONE ANY RELIABLE RESEARCH KNOWS THE DEATH RATES OF THE VIRUS IS COMPLETELY FALSE THEY COUNT EVERYTHING A VIRUS DEATH IF YOU HAVE IT RATHER THE CAUSE OR NOT. AND WE ARE FINDING OUT MOST PEOPLE THAT GET VIRUS HAVE VERY LITTLE OR NO SYMPTOMS. SO IF AT RISK PEOPLE STAY HOME AND ANYONE THAT GOES AROUND THEM USE THE SAFTEY GUIDELINES SHOULDNT BE MUCH OF A PROBLEM WITH OPENING UP.

    • Of course the count is false. This badministration completely dropped the ball. Even after being warned continuously in early Jan through Feb, HIMSELF refused to start any kind of preventative measures. I guess his pictograph briefings were too intense for him to pay attention or even care. He refused the early genome from Germany in Feb. Mr. I Alone Can Fix It, can’t, won’t, refuses to, doesn’t care to. You choose which one, or all. Until we have adequate testing (not until possibly June), we will never begin to have a clue how many folks have or had covid19. Everyone needs to shelter in place. That protects everyone. You have no idea if you are a carrier. Even if all the sick or vulnerable folks stay home, you the carrier could pass to another. What is so hard for selfish folks to understand? Stay well.

  2. Its obvious that you all didnt listen to his brief when he says cases are rising in other parishes that are more rural. You all really rather risk human life for money…

    • If the governor stops getting paid then I’ll stay home. It’s easy to tell people to stay home and not go to their “non essential” job when he’s still getting a salary.

  3. Keep the 5 hot parishes shut down and let the others resume activities. This is running our state and our nation. Plus the parish president wants to talk tax increases at a time like this???

  4. He can kiss my A$$ I am so sick of this man!!
    Why can’t he be recalled????
    He only wants to destroy the State of Louisiana!
    Go figure a another idiot in the Democratic Party

    • Selfish selfish people. Think of others “Christians”. In you staying home except for essentials, it protects us all. I shop a couple of times a month. We havent seen family since Christmas. My hubby has COPD. When I shop, I wear a full face respirator mask. It protects me and protects my hubby. You know what? It also protects you and your loved ones. I dont have to attend a mass gathering to know “christian” values. Stay well.

      • Have you considered using instacart for grocery shopping? Someone gets the groceries for you and you can communicate with them while they are shopping and then they bring it to your house.

        • Thanks, I have thought of that. I like to pick my own fruits and veggies, enough to last 2 wks. If a certain product isnt available, I like to select my own replacement. Old lady, old ways. A lot of my friends do that though. Thanks again. Stay well.

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