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Gov. John Bel Edwards Issues Statewide Shelter-In-Place Order

Governor John Bel Edwards announced Sunday afternoon that he has issued a statewide “shelter-in-place” order in response to the Coronavirus crisis in Louisiana.

The Governor’s order goes into effect at 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 23 is set to expire on Sunday, April 12. 

Under Governor Edwards’ directive, essential businesses will remain operational and open for business. The order specifically calls for “Critical Manufacturing,” described as, “workers necessary for the manufacturing of materials and products needed for medical supply chains, transportation, energy, communications, food and agriculture, chemical manufacturing, nuclear facilities, the operation of dams, water and wastewater treatment, emergency services, and the defense industrial base” to remain operational. To see the full guidance of which specific businesses and workers are classified as essential by the Governor’s order, click HERE.

The directive also allows companies that are closed to still engage in necessary business activities such as payroll, cleaning, and routine maintenance and upkeep.

For businesses not specifically mentioned in the full guidance from the Governor’s order – if they have not already ordered to close, they must cut back to requesting on essential employees come in, and minimize contact with customers.

To read the Governor’s entire proclamation, click HERE.