Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has announced a plan to lift his "Stay at Home" Order on May 15th. The new phase of quarantine will be considered "Phase 1", which is a plan based on guidelines put forward by the White House. However, Louisiana will not be following the White House guidelines that closely.

The biggest separation from the White House plan is that Louisiana will not use a two-week timeline for Phase 1, they will be using a three-week timeline.

Inside this Phase 1, WAFB reports there will be many businesses allowed to up the amount of people they can welcome into their stores, while others will be allowed to reopen.

Here are the proposed guidelines for Louisiana's Phase 1:

  • Massage establishments, spas, tattoo parlors, and all other places of public amusement remain closed
  • All non-CISA and non-closed businesses will be able to be open to the public at 25% of their Louisiana State Fire Marshal capacity
  • Restaurants, coffee shops, and cafés will be able to be open to the public for indoor table service at 25% of their Louisiana State Fire Marshal capacity, with continued allowance for additional outdoor seating with Louisiana State Fire Marshal guidance on social distancing
  • Bars that hold an LDH food service certificate will be able to do to-go or takeout and delivery of food and alcohol and dine-in seating in line with Louisiana State Fire Marshal guidance on social distancing for restaurants, with no more than 25% of their Louisiana State Fire Marshal capacity. No on-site consumption will be allowed if not seated at Louisiana State Fire Marshal approved seating.
  • Gyms and fitness centers will be allowed to be open to the public at 25% of their capacity. Louisiana State Fire Marshal and LDH will be issuing guidance on social distancing and sanitation.
  • Anchor stores of shopping malls with exterior doors accessible by the public will be allowed to be open to the public at 25% of their Louisiana State Fire Marshal capacity. Interior mall stores can continue to offer their goods for sale to the public for curbside delivery only.
  • Movie theaters may be open to the public at 25% of their Louisiana State Fire Marshal capacity, with new guidance from SFM and LDH on social distancing and sanitation
  • Casinos and video poker may be open in line with guidance from Gaming Control Board and the Louisiana Racing Commission and at no more than 25% of their capacity and gaming positions. Racetracks may open for races without spectators only if approved by the Louisiana Racing Commission.
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums may be open to the public at 25% of their capacity, with no organized tours and no tactile exhibits. Children’s museums remain closed.
  • Barbers, hair salons, and nail salons may be open to the public at 25% of their capacity with Louisiana State Fire Marshal guidance on social distancing
  • Churches will be able to conduct indoor service at 25% of their Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (Louisiana State Fire Marshal) capacity, with continued allowance for additional outdoor seating with Louisiana State Fire Marshal guidance on social distancing. In line with this, indoor funerals and weddings may resume indoor at 25% capacity of the building and may continue outdoor services with no crowd size limitation as long as social distancing is practiced.