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Safe Shop Guidelines for Lafayette Parish


Effective April 17, 2020, the Mayor-President of Lafayette Parish enacted a “Safe Shop” policy for businesses that are not deemed essential OR prohibited under the Governor’s existing orders. Essential and prohibited business have existing guidelines they must adhere to. Safe Shop businesses are authorized to be open and to operate subject to the following conditions:

  • All employees must wear masks
  • Employees may not work if they have a fever or symptoms
  • Customers must maintain a minimum of 6 feet of separation when shopping or standing in line
  • Maximum of 25% occupancy, as determined by code and the Certificate of Occupancy issued by the Fire Marshal
  • No congregating or groups loitering in or near businesses
  • Customers who have fever or symptoms should be barred from the business

These rules are consistent with the Governor’s existing emergency orders and represent a manageable risk profile, consistent with social distancing guidelines.

This guidance may be withdrawn if there is a spike in either hospital admissions or reported cases of COVID.

Violations come with a $500 fine and/or up to 6 months in the parish jail. Violating businesses may also have their power shut off. Businesses that do not have a way to count customers and determine six feet between shoppers are encouraged to not open until they are able to do so.

The Hanes Corporation donated reusable, washable masks to Lafayette Parish which are being distributed by Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) and LEDA. These masks will be provided to Lafayette Parish businesses for use by their employees. The masks will allow businesses to follow the Safe Shop Policy. LCG and LEDA have partnered with the Mayors of each municipality to distribute these masks to local businesses.

For more information call 311 and press 2 or (337) 769-4090, Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Louisiana Moves to Phase 1 on May 15

On May 11, Governor Edwards announced Louisiana will move into Phase 1 reopening on May 15. The official order is here. An overview can be found in this news release.

New types of businesses that may open beginning on May 15, with 25 percent occupancy limits, sanitation guidelines and spacing for physical distancing include:

  • Interior stores at enclosed malls
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Barber shops and hair and nail salons
  • Casinos and Video Poker
  • Theaters
  • Racetracks (not open to spectators)
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums (no tactile exhibits)
  • Bars and breweries with LDH food permits

The following businesses remain closed: massage establishments and spas, tattoo parlors, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, trampoline parks, arcades, fairs, bars and breweries without LDH food permits, pool halls, contact sports, children’s play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, adult entertainment venues, and other similar businesses.

Download documents related to Phase 1 opening for specific business types here.


To begin receiving notifications and guidance for safely opening or operating your business, click here to register at Open Safely.

See other official government issued orders and guidelines here

Statewide Stay at Home Order Issued

On April 30, Governor Edwards formally extended the Stay at Home Order through May 15. Get details here.

View the full order here. Three major changes in the new Stay at Home Order include:

  • Malls will remain closed to the public, but stores may open for curbside delivery.
  • Restaurants will be allowed to open their outside areas for patrons to eat meals only, without tableside service.
  • All employees of a business who have contact with the public must wear a mask.

Can your business open? Find out here.

State Fire Marshal Interpretive Memorandum regarding Restaurant/Food Service Outdoor Seating Criteria (4/28/20)

Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Stay at Home order which goes into effect Monday, March 23, at 5:00 p.m., to limit movements outside of the home beyond essential needs and essential work as outlined in the order. View the full order here to see a list of prohibited businesses. Examples of essential workers as defined by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), can be found here and here. Lafayette Mayor-President Guillory's Stay at Home proclamation is here.


See other official government issued orders and guidelines here.


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