3 people have died in Louisiana from Coronavirus and the numbers of cases continues to climb. Governor John Bel Edwards says there are now 136 cases of COVID-19 in our state.

The Governor offers this advice to residents:

When it comes to shopping for your basis supplies, we have the best supply chain in the world. Don't try to buy for the month or longer. You do not need to horde items.

Edwards took additional significant measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, further limiting the size of gatherings to fewer than 50 people, closing casinos, bars and movie theaters and limiting restaurants to delivery, take out and drive-through orders only.

These changes are effective statewide at midnight.

Operations may be able to resume on April 13, however, the situation will be reevaluated seven days prior.

More aggressive steps are necessary to fight the spread of COVID-19 across Louisiana. Following additional guidance from the CDC, gatherings of more than 50 people are no longer permitted, bars and casinos must close and restaurants will only be able to offer take out or delivery, These limitations were difficult to make, but they are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect the health of Louisianans and flatten the curve.

Governor Edwards says he was on a call with President Trump and Vice President Pence that lasted more than an hour and "they were very clear that we must significantly expand our mitigation efforts to slow the progress of COVID-19 before there is more community spread. Action must be taken now, even in areas where there are no confirmed cases yet.”

Here are the new rules we must all follow:

  • Gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people.
  • Casinos and bars will be closed.
  • Restaurants will be closed to patrons eating on site. Take-out, drive-through and delivery orders are allowed.
  • Movie theaters will be closed.