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Governor Edwards announces Phase 3 restrictions in Friday's press conference

Governor John Bel Edwards announced restrictions in his new order which allows Louisiana to move into Phase 3.

Edwards said for social gatherings that the max of people allowed is 250.

Edwards said that restaurants, casinos, and businesses can now allow up to 75% of their buildings capacity. He kept the mask mandate in place for this new order, which will expire on October 9th.

Edwards also said that bars in parishes with a high positivity rate of COVID-19 will have to remain closed for inside consumption, but bars in parishes with a positivity rate of 5% or lower for 2 consecutive weeks can open, only allowing 25% capacity indoors and outdoors, table side service only and must close at 10PM. Live music is still not allowed.

For sporting events, only 25% capacity is allowed with no sale of alcohol.

For nursing homes, "nothing at the moment will change for nursing home visitation," Edwards said. "This population continues to be more vulnerable." Edwards also stated that Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) and other organizations are working together to create a outdoor visitation program which will allow nursing homes in parishes with 0 cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, and 5% lower positivity rate to "opt in." "We know that the past several months have been tough for loved ones and residents..." said Edwards.

This order will expire in 28 days, which is October 9th.

As of 2:45, the press conference is still on-going so we will continue to update you as more information becomes available regarding Phase 3 restrictions.


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