WATCH entire Gov. Edwards News Conf: Louisiana is moving to Phase 3, EBR schools respond

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Governor Edwards announced in a press conference that Louisiana will advance into Phase 3 starting Friday, Sept. 11.

“That data is positive enough that we will be going into Phase 3 tomorrow,” Governor Edwards says.

White house guidelines say all employees can return to work without staffing limitations. Hospitals and nursing homes can resume visitations , while gyms and bars can reopen with capacity restriction adjustments.

The nuts and bolts of what phase three will look like in Louisiana haven’t been ironed out yet. Whatever those new restrictions will be, the governor made it clear that mask mandates and social distancing are still a part of the plan.

“Phase 3 is not a lifting of all restrictions,” Governor Edwards says. “It’s not an announcement that COVID is no longer in Louisiana-it is.”

The governor gave no indication of how long this phase will last. Phase 2 was only supposed to last for two weeks, but extended for months. Now that the state is entering Phase 3 there’s still a lot to consider. COVID-19 data from Labor Day weekend has yet to come in and officials still aren’t sure how Hurricane Laura has effected the spread. Governor Edwards also expressed concern over the state’s status as the leader for per capita cases.

“We cannot, as we enter flu season, take a chance that we’re going to have cases, hospitalizations increase.”

Phase 3 guidelines are at the governor’s discretion, but whatever he does choose to include, he hopes the state complies entirely.

“Increasing occupancy levels at businesses and churches and those sorts of things-we can do that safely but you still have to wear a mask.”

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System immediately responded with this statement about how the future might look for students:

EBRPSS Families,

Today, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana will be moving into Phase 3. More information will be issued in his proclamation on Friday, September 11. Once we have reviewed the latest guidelines, additional school reopening information will be made available. EBR Schools will continue to prioritize high-quality education and safe learning environments for all. Thank you for your continued patience and support. One Team. One Mission!

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