BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – All week Governor John Bel Edwards has said he will likely make an announcement about the state heading into phase three of re-opening Thursday.
Louisiana has been in phase two of the reopening plan since the beginning of June after a summer surge in COVID-19 cases. Phase two is expected to end Friday, but Edwards could extend it as he has twice before already.
Edwards met with the White House coronavirus task force Wednesday to discuss whether the state is ready to move into phase three.
If the state moves into phase three here’s what that’ll look like:
- Vulnerable individuals can resume public interactions, but still practice social distancing and minimize exposure in social settings where distancing may not be possible
- Employers will no longer have restricted staffing of worksites
- Visits to senior care facilities and hospitals can resume, but those who interact with residents and patients must be diligent regarding hygiene
- Large venues like restaurants, movie theaters, sporting venues, and churches can operate under limited social distancing protocols
- Gyms can remain open if they adhere to standard sanitation protocols
- Bars can operate with increased capacity and we could potentially see an end to the statewide and parish wide mask mandate
The press conference is set to begin at 10:30 a.m.
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