Louisiana Bars, Casinos, Movie Theaters Closed, and Restaurants Limited Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Published March 16, 2020

I addition to the closure of Louisiana Casinos, it has now been announced that all bars and movie theaters in the state must close until at least April 13, 2020, to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state. Restaurants will be limited to take-out, drive-through and delivery orders only, and must be closed to patrons eating on site.

This comes as Louisiana is currently among the top states for COVID-19 cases per capita.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said “I was also 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,” he went on to say that “Action must be taken now, even in areas where there are no confirmed cases yet.”

Officials also said that symptoms of COVID-19 can take two weeks to appear and that community spread is still occurring.