The “Stay at Home Order” (Proclamation No. 33 JBE 2020), issued by Governor John Bel Edwards on March 22, 2020, requires the closure of certain businesses and limits the operations of other non-essential businesses. Essential or critical infrastructure businesses are not restricted, and their continued operations are necessary even during the present COVID-19 emergency.
The Governor’s Order requires the following non-essential businesses be closed:
- Places of Public Amusement, including but not limited to locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, trampoline parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, pool halls, children’s play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, any theatres, concert and music halls, adult entertainment venues, racetracks and other similar businesses.
- All personal care and grooming businesses, including but not limited to barber shops, beauty salons, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, and other similar businesses.
- All malls, except for stores in a mall that have a direct outdoor entrance and exit that provide essential services and products as provided by federal (CISA) guidelines.
The Governor’s previous Order (Proclamation No. 30 JBE 2020) required the following businesses be closed:
- Casinos, video poker establishments, movie theatres, bars, bowling alleys, fitness centers and gyms.
- Restaurants, cafes and coffee shops are limited to take-out and drive thru services
Businesses ordered closed to the public are not prohibited from conducting necessary internal operations such as payroll, bookkeeping, cleaning, maintenance and upkeep.
Non-essential businesses that do not fall in the categories listed above have not been ordered to close. However, the Governor has ordered that these other non-essential businesses that remain open “shall reduce operations to continue with minimum contact with members of the public and essential employees, while requiring proper social distancing. The 10-person limitation on gathering size shall apply to such business operations."