Governor John Bel Edwards announces he is opening up businesses across Louisiana while keeping the mask mandate in tact.

"The three best tools we have are to be masked, be vaccinated and be socially distanced," said Edwards during a press conference on Tuesday. “Vaccination is the best way we have to put this pandemic in our rearview mirror." 

The biggest announcement made by the governor was that, starting on Wednesday, he is lifting capacity limits that have been on bars, restaurants, salons and beauty shops, gyms and fitness centers, casinos, malls and most other retailers. Social distancing requirements will still remain in place.

The Governor also removed the limitations on when bars and restaurants can serve alcohol, saying they will default to local ordinances. People younger than 21 are still not allowed inside bars and bars are only allowed to provide patrons with socially distanced seated service.

Edwards also announced capacity for sporting events is now being set at 50%. Businesses and venues that host larger gatherings, like receptions halls, will remain capped at 50% of their capacity, with a maximum gathering size of not more than 500 people indoors and strict social distancing. Outdoor events will be capped at 50% capacity and social distancing is also required.

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Edwards also requested that people quit double-booking vaccine appointments. Some people are booking a vaccine appointment on a certain day/time, then take another vaccine appointment during a time/day that fits better for them.

"While we work to vaccinate even more of our neighbors, now more than ever it is critical that people wear facemasks when they are in public and keep six feet of social distance between them and anyone who isn’t in their immediate household," said Edwards. "Today, we are taking an important step forward, but all of us play a role in making sure our cases don’t spike again. Get your vaccine now that it’s your turn and help your friends and family members get their shots as well. Working together, we can bring back Louisiana.”

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