Coronavirus in Louisiana: Are you an essential employee?

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — With Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ stay-at-home order issued Sunday, many may be wondering if they’re allowed to leave the house and go to work.

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The governor previously ordered the closure of all K-12 public schools, casinos, bars, movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers and restricted restaurants to take-out, drive-thru and on delivery only. He also moved the April 4 election to the state and limited crowd sizes.

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On Sunday, Edwards said people can only leave their homes to do essential things like buy groceries or food, take medicine or go to work if their job is essential.

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“If you must go out, be sure to practice social distancing measures and keep 6 feet between yourself and those around you.”

Edwards’ order references the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) for jobs deemed essential.

These jobs include the following:

  • Healthcare workers and carers
  • Mental health and social service workers
  • Pharmacy employees
  • Workers supporting grocery stores, pharmacies, and other food and beverage retail outlets
  • Employees of take-out and fast food and food delivery operations
  • farmers
  • Electrical and utility industry employees
  • Critical manufacturing employees (medical supply chains, energy, transportation, food, chemicals)
  • Petroleum, natural gas and propane workers
  • Transport and logistics workers
  • Communications and information technology employees
  • Employees in the financial and banking services sector

See CISA’s essential business guidelines here.

The new stay-at-home order issued Sunday in Louisiana imposes limits on the following businesses:

  • All places of public entertainment, whether indoor or outdoor, including but not limited to places with rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, trampoline parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, billiard halls, children’s play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, theatres, concert and music halls, adult entertainment venues, racetracks and other similar businesses.
  • All personal care and grooming businesses, including but not limited to hair salons, beauty salons, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, tattoo parlors and other businesses similar.
  • All shopping malls except stores within a shopping mall that have a direct exterior entrance and exit that provide essential services and products in accordance with Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines.
  • Businesses closed to the public listed in the order can perform necessary activities such as payroll, cleaning services, maintenance or upkeep if required.
  • Any business not covered by the CISA guidelines discussed in Section 3 of the Order and not ordered temporarily closed must reduce operations to continue with minimal contact with members of the public and essential employees. , while requiring appropriate social distancing, adhering to the 10-person limit on gathering size.
  • Early learning centers and daycares that adhere to guidelines issued by the Louisiana Department of Education and Bureau of Public Health can continue to operate.

As always, check with your employer.

You can read the governor’s full stay-at-home order below.

Michelle J. Kelley