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Louisiana COVID-19 Response Updates

April 2, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards formally extended his Stay at Home order until April 30, as Louisiana works to slow the spread of COVID-19, which extends the length of time that schools and some businesses are closed and continues limits on the size of gatherings.

To read the updated order, click here.

The following businesses shall remain closed to the public:

  • All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, 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 theaters, concert and music halls, adult entertainment venues, racetracks, casinos, video poker establishments, movie theaters, bowling alleys, bars 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, fitness centers, gyms 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 CISA guidelines.

Businesses closed to the public pursuant to this provision shall not be prohibited from conducting necessary activities such as payroll, cleaning services, maintenance or upkeep as necessary.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a new text alert system that will provide timely COVID-19 updates and other critical guidance directly from the governor’s office to Louisiana residents.

Louisianans can opt-in to the new system today by texting ‘LACOVID’ to 67283.

Residents who have opted in for updates will also receive instructions to sign up for Smart911, a free service that allows individuals and families to provide key context to first responders.

Through the Smart911 app or smart911.com, residents can create a Safety Profile that contains critical information including pre-existing conditions and quarantine status.


April 1, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a new Louisiana Loan Portfolio Guaranty Program, or LPGP, which will offer loans of up to $100,000 to Louisiana small businesses of fewer than 100 employees that are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. A pool of $50 million is being made available through participating banks. To help Main Street and rural businesses sustain operations, the loans will require no payments for 180 days and carry below-market interest rates of no more than 3.5 percent.

LPGP loans will provide up to $100,000 in immediate financing to help small firms impacted by COVID-19 meet their payroll, retain employees, pay their rent and mortgages, and keep their lights on and their doors open. Interested businesses may find loan details here. A list of participating bankers will be posted at the site by Friday as banks complete their participation agreements.


March 31, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation that eases medical licensure laws to make it easier for health care professionals out of state to come to Louisiana to practice during the COVID-19 outbreak and directs funerals to occur as expeditiously as possible, among other things.

Additionally, the proclamation makes clear that funeral services can and should be conducted as expeditiously as possible and that the 10-person limit applies for those services.

You can read to proclamation here.


March 27, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Secretary Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic Development announced the opening of an LED help desk that provides email and hotline support for Louisiana businesses impacted by COVID-19.

For COVID-19 business questions, LED may be reached at LEDbiz@la.gov or via the toll-free hotline, (833) 457-0531. The COVID-19 hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Be aware that high call volumes might result in delays. Callers are encouraged to keep trying, leave a voice mail or contact LED via email.

For Louisiana businesses seeking federal financial assistance, they are encouraged first to contact the U.S. Small Business Administration at SBA.gov/Disaster to apply for COVID-19 disaster aid. The SBA Customer Service Center may be reached at (800) 659-2955, with an additional TTY line for the hearing-impaired at (800) 877-8339.

LED is working with all levels of government and the private sector to support Louisiana businesses and their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. At the LED website — OpportunityLouisiana.com/covid19 — businesses may find workplace guidance from the Governor’s Stay At Home Order and other proclamations; COVID-19 public health recommendations; sources of COVID-19 financial aid; regional resources across the state; and links to information from business and industry trade associations. For more information, visit OpportunityLouisiana.com.

Orleans Parish Civil District Court records and Orleans Parish land records have been opened for free public viewing to improve access to the courts and land recording systems during the physical shutdown of the Clerk of Court’s facilities. Complimentary subscriptions to the remote access systems was announced as a public service by Orleans Parish Clerk of Court Chelsey Richard Napoleon. Although it is free, users must register, and may do so at https://remoteaccess.orleanscivilclerk.com/NewAccount.aspx. The subscription allows free online viewing of documents. However, there is a charge for downloading or printing documents, and a user must establish a deposit/escrow account for that purpose using an separate application form available at http://www.orleanscivilclerk.com/forms/LR%20escrow%20account%20application.pdf.


March 26, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday signed a proclamation outlining additional measures for COVID-19 response in Louisiana, including provisions related to first responders, law enforcement and granting emergency authority to the insurance commissioner, among other things.

Click here to read the proclamation.


March 25, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that his request for a statewide Major Disaster Declaration in response to the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana was approved by President Donald Trump last night. The declaration allows the federal government to provide additional support for state and local agencies in dealing with this growing public health emergency.

Click here to read the governor’s declaration request.


March 24, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards is requesting a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Louisiana as the number of cases of COVID-19 grows and the state’s efforts to combat the spread of illness intensifies. The declaration would allow the federal government to provide additional support for state and local agencies in dealing with this growing public health threat. Click here to read the declaration request.


March 23, 2020

The Louisiana Supreme Court issued a new COVID-19 order, reaffirming its prior deadline and filing extensions, and additionally directing all courts to limit access to courthouses spaces to “absolute minimum physical contact,” and to observe the Governor’s “Stay at Home Order.”  The order directs courts to limit their activity only to essential civil and criminal matters, and even then to do so via video or teleconference.

Gov. John Bel Edwards reminded the people of Louisiana that a statewide Stay at Home order went into effect at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, to further fight the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana. The number of cases in Louisiana stood at 1,172, resulted in 34 deaths, and had spread to 41 of our 64 parishes. Gov. Edwards announced these additional mitigation measures at a press conference yesterday.

Click here to read the Governor’s statewide Stay at Home order.

Click here for additional information on essential businesses.

Click here for a Stay at Home one-page fact sheet.

Click here for FAQs about Stay at Home.


March 22, 2020

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a Stay at Home Order for non-essential workers and businesses beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5 p.m. Read the official order here.


March 20, 2020

The Louisiana Supreme Court issued two additional orders.  The first essentially extends the most litigation deadlines by an additional two weeks, through April 14, 2020.  The second is a companion order that decrees that any filings that otherwise would have been due between March 12 and April 13, 2020 will be considered timely if filed by April 14, 2020. These orders are available here and here.


March 18, 2020

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence requesting temporary changes to several federal programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the governor’s letter.

The governor’s requests include:

  • An expansion of the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service hot food waiver to allow the purchase of hot food in Louisiana restaurants through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
  • Statutory change through congressional action in addition to relaxing some administrative constraints on Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for Disaster Recovery.
  • Eliminating some restrictions in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s CBDG-State’s program.
  • Recommendations for FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program and Public Assistance program.

March 16, 2020

The Louisiana Supreme Court has moved to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by issuing an order that continues most litigation and litigation deadlines throughout Louisiana’s civil and criminal court system.  A copy of the order is available here.


March 16, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards significantly expanded his recent proclamation aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 across Louisiana. The updated proclamation calls for a limit to gatherings of no more than 50 as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and all bars, movie theaters and fitness centers and casinos will close. Restaurants will not be allowed to have patrons eat on-site, rather they will be limited to drive-thru, pick-up and delivery orders only. These are among several changes to the proclamation that will become effective at midnight tonight.

Additionally, the order addresses emergency procurement measures and the use of video or teleconferencing for public meetings. It also suspends various prescriptive periods and legal deadlines and allows for the chief law enforcement officer of a parish to set a curfew, among other things.

Read updated proclamation here.


March 13, 2020

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order postponing Louisiana’s upcoming election including the presidential primary in response to COVID-19, commonly called the coronavirus. The elections scheduled for April and May will take place in June and July. Click here for the executive order.


March 12, 2020

Following a meeting of the Unified Command Group today, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a Public Health emergency in Louisiana related to COVID-19. Additionally, the declaration addresses efforts to prevent price gouging should that become necessary as well as limits international travel for state employees to Level 2 and Level 3 countries as designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC. Click here for the public health emergency declaration.