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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on September 18, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Louisiana, we recommend that you visit the state's COVID-19 Resources or Louisiana Economic Development's Resources for Impacted Businesses.

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Description of Program and Relief

Guidance on Reopening

Governor Edwards issued a proclamation on September 11, 2020, moving Louisiana to Phase Three of reopening the state. Major changes in Phase Three include allowing restaurants, churches, salons, spas, gyms and other businesses to open at a maximum of 75 percent of their occupancy. Indoor social gatherings are limited to the lesser of 250 people or 50 percent capacity of the facility; outdoors, if social distancing is not possible, crowd sizes are limited to 50 percent capacity and up to 250 people. The statewide mask mandate will remain in place.

Government or Lead Agency

Office of the Governor

Dates Available

Effective September 11, 2020

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

  • Bars remain closed to on-premises consumption in parishes with high incidence of COVID-19 based on test positivity rate. Parishes with a positivity rate of 5 percent or lower for two consecutive weeks may opt-in to open bars for on premises consumption.

  • Phase 3 prohibits the sale or service of alcohol for on premises consumption at all establishments, including restaurants and casinos, after 10 p.m.

  • Casinos remain at 50 percent capacity and 75 percent of their gaming positions.

  • Sporting events, like college football games, will operate at a lesser capacity of 25 percent and without alcohol sales.

  • Nursing home visitation will be prohibited in Phase 3, but the Louisiana Department of Health is working on a pilot program to begin to allow visitation at nursing homes with no new cases for 14 days and in parishes without high numbers of COVID-19.

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For more information, click here for Governor Edwards’s press release and proclamation.

Business and faith leaders should register at to receive guidance and updates from the State Fire Marshal’s office and the Louisiana Department of Health.

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