Governor Edwards has announced that he will be continuing the Phase 2 order for an additional two weeks until September 11.
Phase 2 extension includes the restrictions on businesses, including a closure of bars and 50 percent occupancy limits at restaurants and other businesses
Edwards explained his decision saying he was concerned that students are returning to school and that Hurricane Laura evacuations could help spread the virus further.
Louisiana suspended COVID-19 testing in anticipation of Hurricane Marco and Laura. But this pause in testing comes as around 1 million students return to classes in K-12 and higher education schools. Edwards also cited a concern that evacuations will force people from southwest Louisiana, where the virus is strongest, together in shelters and hotels around the state. Although masks and social distancing are required in shelters, families will still be coming together for longer periods of time.