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State Fire Marshal Butch Browning talks about the lessening of COVID restrictions on restaurants, bars and other establishments and gives a detailed explanation of the new rules.

"We've eliminated most of the requirements so people can do normal things," says Browning, referring to the Governor's easing of most restrictions, "I think it's a credit to the hard work of people all over the state who have (followed) the guidelines to get us through this bad time. It's not done yet, but it's a whole lot better."

Here are the details of the changes, announced Tuesday by Governor John Bel Edwards:

This new proclamation will allow higher occupancy in establishments, but will maintain the social distance guidelines and mask mandates.

Most businesses including gyms, salons, casinos, and restaurants will have capacity restrictions at the state level lifted to 100%.

Bar and alcohol restrictions at the state level have been lifted, and will revert to local control.

Sporting events will remain at 50% capacity.

This new proclamation will run for 28 days.

Browning also emphasizes that the the mask mandate is still in place:

 Every individual in Louisiana shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial establishment or any other building or space open to the public, whether indoor or outdoor. This shall include public or commercial modes of transportation. This order shall apply statewide.

This requirement does not apply to the following: 

1) Any individual who will not come in contact with any other individual (outside of their immediate household members) or who will be able to maintain strict social distancing of six feet apart from any other individual (outside of their immediate household members); 

2) Any child under the age of eight, however all children between the ages of two and seven years old are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in accordance with Subsection (A) of this Section; 

3) Any individual with a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face covering; 

4) Any individual who is consuming food or drinks;

5) Any individual seeking to communicate with someone who has or is suspected of having a communication disorder; 

6) Any individual giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience; 

7) Any individual temporarily removing his or her face covering for identification purposes; and 

8) Any athlete participating in organized athletic activities. 


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