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Government Issued Orders and Guidance

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.

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)

Open Safely
This site allows you to register your business to receive updated communication, notifications, and helpful guidance via email from the State Fire Marshal’s Office specific to your business type.
Louisiana Department of Health issued a revised order for medical and surgical procedures which will go into effect on Monday, April 27. Get details here. Read the order here.   
Lafayette Parish Safe Shop Guidelines from Lafayette Consolidated Government.
Lafayette Mayor-President Guillory's Stay at Home proclamation is here.

Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Stay at Home order which went 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.


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