Gov. John Bel Edwards announced "aggressive measures" Monday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including limiting gatherings to no more than 50 people, closing movie theaters, bars and casinos and limiting restaurants to take-out, drive-thru and delivery service only.
The changes will be effective at midnight and will remain in effect until at least April 13.
“These limitations were difficult to make, but they are necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect the health of Louisianans and flatten the curve," said Gov. Edwards. “What we’re learning is that it can take two weeks for symptoms to appear. We believe we are still unearthing community spread that’s been around for the past several weeks, which means it is a statewide problem that requires statewide solutions."
The number of coronavirus cases in Louisiana has grown to 132 as of midday Monday.