Yesterday Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards held a news conference about the state’s response to the coronavirus.
Gov. Edwards announced that he will be lifting capacity limitations for many of the state’s businesses but the statewide mask mandate will remain.
The governor will issue a new proclamation today that will stay in effect until April 28. Specific capacity limitations for restaurants, bars, gyms, and retail settings will no longer be in place, he said. Bars, in particular, can stay open later than 11 p.m. as long as they adhere to local ordinances.
The governor’s address came one day after all Louisiana residents 16 and older were eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Gov. Edwards also announced Louisiana will soon receive a larger-than-normal shipment of the vaccine, approximately 300,000 doses, from the federal government next week.