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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has announced that the stay-at-home order is extended until May 15.

Nonessential businesses will remain closed after the governor says the state has not met the criteria to move to phase 1. This phase would lift the stay-home order. Places of worship and restaurants would have their restrictions eased, and some nonessential businesses would be allowed to reopen. This will go into effect should the criteria be met by the end of the May 15 extension.

The new stay-at-home order, which goes into effect May 1, will allow customers to eat on outdoor patios should there be no table service at a restaurant they go to. Masks are required to be worn by public-facing workers, and curbside retail will be allowed to operate at malls.