BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. John Bel Edwards is loosening restrictions this upcoming weekend on restaurants, salons and gyms.
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The Democratic governor announced that he’s moving the state away from a “stay-at-home” position he enacted in late March.
The new regulations take effect Friday and are largely in line with the first phase of reopening as envisioned under the White House guidelines provided to states.
Businesses newly allowed to open will be limited to one-quarter of their previous capacity, and employees working around customers will have to wear masks.
Restaurants will be able to reopen inside seating and table service, but at the 25% capacity level. Tattoo parlors, spas, amusement parks and children’s museums will remain closed.
The governor said he decided to lessen the constraints because Louisiana, one of the nation’s early hot spots for the coronavirus, is seeing consistent declines in new virus cases and hospitalization rates for COVID-19 disease patients.