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Louisiana Continues Restrictions on Business Due to COVID-19

Governor Edwards has extended restrictions on Louisiana businesses through February 10, 2021. The Governor also strongly recommends that all businesses in Louisiana move to remote work for their employees if possible due to increasing COVID cases and hospitalizations. ­

The restrictions, which became effective November 25, 2020, are:­

  • Restaurants are limited to 50% of their indoor capacity. Restaurants should move as much dining outdoors as they can. Social distancing is required.
  • Bars in parishes with positivity rates above 5% are not allowed to serve customers inside.­ Customers may be served outside only, if capacity is limited to 25% and a maximum of 50 people.­­ Take-out and delivery are still available.­
  • Bars in parishes at or below 5% positivity for at least two weeks can serve customers indoors, with capacity limited to 25% and a maximum of 50 people.­ They must close by 11 p.m. Social distancing is required. Take-out and delivery are still allowed.
  • Retail businesses are limited to 50% capacity, except for essential businesses.
  • Gyms are limited to 50% capacity.
  • Barber/beauty shops and nail salons are limited to 50% capacity.
  • Movie theaters are limited to 50% capacity.
  • All Louisianans are encouraged to avoid gatherings of individuals not part of their households.
  • All businesses, private and public sectors, should have as many employees work from home as they can.

For complete guidance on the new restrictions, visit the Open Safely portal at opensafely.la.gov.

Published: 01/21/2021

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