The gist: Gov. John Bel Edwards tightened the state’s population controls in an update to his emergency proclamation, closing bars, casinos and movie theaters and limiting restaurants to drive thru and delivery service.
Edwards set a new 50-person cap on public gathering. The lowered ceiling follows updated guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control on Sunday.
New restrictions will remain in place until April 13. They will be reevaluated seven days before they’re scheduled to expire, the governor’s office said.
132 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Louisiana according to the governor’s press release, issued early Monday afternoon. That’s 18 more since the Louisiana Department of Health updated its tracker Monday morning. Public health officials expect more cases to be confirmed as testing becomes more widely available.
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News + Notes
State freezes $15M in dispute over LCG retirement
Billed as a way to save millions, LCG’s withdrawal from the state municipal pension system has been a drawn-out, messy affair that’s now headed for court.
City Council passes Guillory investigation to legislative auditor
The council’s contracted auditor turned over its findings, which will remain confidential until and unless the LLA decides to release them.
Registration requirements likely for Lafayette short-term rentals
Requiring short-term rentals to register with the city is a likely compromise, but operators and opponents remain divided on restrictions like conditional permitting.