As one of the hardest hit states in the country, Louisiana remains under a Stay At Home order requiring residents to remain in their home as much as possible to help slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. That order has also forced the closing of many businesses that are not considered “essential,” as places where individuals could potentially spread COVID-19 by gathering there.
For many restaurants, hotels, and gyms, these closings have put them in a tough situation, and many of their workers have been let go. Small business owners, sole proprietors and individual workers are facing a grim financial situation.
COVID-19 is an illness that doesn’t discriminate based on where people live. As of Wednesday, April 8, 63 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes have reported cases, and statewide there are now more than 16,200 patients, and Louisiana has experienced 580 deaths.
Louisiana residents and people across the country are struggling to pay their bills while no longer being employed, and small businesses face challenges keeping workers paid. The state Office of Economic Development is working to provide loans and other relief to struggling small businesses during this crisis, and you can review their website here. The office of Gov. John Bel Edwards is also offering information to residents about unemployment assistance.
Gov. Edward’s Stay At Home order may be extended beyond April 30. His executive order does allow some exceptions, including exercising and doing grocery shopping. To learn more, review the exceptions here.
To learn more, review the stay-at-home order here.
Highlights of Louisiana’s Stay At Home Order
When did the order go into place?
Gov. Edwards issued the Stay at Home Order on March 22, requiring all Louisiana residents to remain at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs.
When will the order be lifted?
The order is now scheduled to be lifted on April 30, 2020, although it could be extended.
What are violations and penalties associated with the order?
The state is working with local law enforcement to support and enforce the order.
What kind of order is it?
This was an official statewide executive order by the governor.
What are essential businesses?
Examples of essential businesses include healthcare providers, caregivers, Social Service agencies, pharmacies, grocery stores, restaurants offering takeout orders, farmworkers, and utility workers.
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