After more than three months of heightened restrictions, Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday said he will loosen coronavirus rules to move the state into Phase 3 of the reopening plan, allowing bars to open statewide and letting most businesses operate at 75% capacity.
The move is the second time since the pandemic began that Edwards put the state in the third phase of his reopening plan, after moving backwards and imposing more restrictions in late November. It comes as cases and hospitalizations continue to drop in most parts of the state.
“We’re currently moving in the right direction and have been for several weeks now,” Edwards said at a Tuesday media briefing.
The new rules take effect Wednesday and last for 28 days, Edwards said.
Restaurants and most other businesses will be allowed to expand from 50% occupancy to 75%.
Bars will be able to open at 25% occupancy indoors in all parishes, or 50% if their parish has seen 5% or less percent positivity–the share of COVID tests coming back positive. Event centers will be allowed to host gatherings of 50% occupancy or 250 people.
The rules on bars are less restrictive than … Continue Reading >>>