Making Sense of Louisiana’s Stay-at-Home Order for Businesses

In an effort to curtail the community spread of COVD-19, on March 22, 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a “stay-at-home” order, requiring Louisiana residents to shelter in place until April 13, 2020, unless the order is terminated sooner. Many Louisiana business owners have questions as to whether their businesses can stay open while the order remains in effect. Businesses that provide “essential services” may remain open. Businesses that do not provide “essential services” but have not specifically been ordered to close may remain open, but a 10-person limitation on “gathering size” applies. These non-essential businesses may operate with a skeleton crew of fewer than ten people, with minimum contact with the public, and must engage in proper social distancing. Learn more here.