Governor’s Actions and Updates:
Governor’s CORONAVIRUS specific page:
March 19, 2020: Proclamation Number JBE 2020-32 Additional Measures for COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (https://www.gov.louisiana.gov/assets/Proclamations/2020/JBE-32-20-Additional-Measures-For-Covid-19.pdf)
Subject matters addressed: Multiple provisions of law pertaining to public education; Public Bid Law; Telehealth Guidelines; Post-Secondary Education online and simulations; Ambulance staffing; Suspension of multiple Public Welfare and Assistance deadlines; suspension of Louisiana Clinical Laboratory Personnel criminal background checks; Driving Schools closures.
March 16, 2020: Additional Measures for COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (https://gov.louisiana.gov/assets/Proclamations/2020/Proc-No-30-updTED.pdf)
Subject matters addressed: All gatherings of 50 or more people cancelled until April 13, 2020, excluding normal operations of airports, medical facilities, shopping centers or malls, office buildings, factories or manufacturing facilities, or grocery or department stores; Closure of all casinos, video poker establishments, movie theaters, bars, bowling alleys, fitness centers until April 12, 2020; No on premise consumption of food or beverages in any restaurants, cafes or coffee shops until April 12, 2020; Teleconferences allowed for public meetings, subject to compliance with observation and input requirements from the public; All legal deadlines in all courts, administrative agencies and board are suspended until April 13, 2020; Local law enforcement allowed to impose curfews from 10 pm. to 5 am; Multiple suspensions of laws related to the Office of Motor Vehicles; Relaxation of laws requiring strict compliance with various procurement law, other than emergency contracting.
March 14, 2020: Additional Measures for COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (https://gov.louisiana.gov/assets/Proclamations/2020/29-JBE-2020-Public-Health-Emergency-COVID-19.pdf)
Subject matters addressed: Hours of operation for commercial vehicles; authorization to the Commissioner of insurance to address health insurance policies or contracts relative to the current health emergency; suspension of state licensure laws, rules and regulations for medical professionals and personnel from other jurisdictions; procedures for out of state medical professionals and personnel to provide services; suspension of certain fees imposed by Department of Health; suspension of certain laws pertaining to unemployment insurance; and extension of declaration of emergency to April 9, 2020.
March 13, 2020: Proclamation Number 28 JBE 2020 Rescheduled Elections
Elections moved from April 4, 2020 and May 9, 2020 to June 20, 2020 and July 25, 2020.
March 13, 2020: Proclamation Number 27 JBE 2020 Additional Measures for COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (https://gov.louisiana.gov/assets/ExecutiveOrders/27-JBE-2020-COVID-19.pdf)
Subject matters addressed: Gatherings of 250 or more postponed or canceled through April 13, 2020; Closure of public schools; Suspension of various laws pertaining to Department of Public Safety and Office of Motor Vehicles; direction to agencies and the Legislature; Unemployment Insurance; cancellation of raffles, etc…. through April 12, 2020.
March 11, 2020 Proclamation Number 25 JBE 2020 Public Health Emergency – COVID 19. (https://www.gov.louisiana.gov/assets/ExecutiveOrders/25-JBE-2020-COVID-19.pdf)
Assertion of initial authority under the Louisiana Health Emergency Powers Act, La. R.S. 29:760.
Department of Insurance Update:
Emergency Rule 36 pertaining to Health Insurance:
Louisiana Department of Economic Development:
Louisiana SBA COVID-19 Guidance (attached)
Statewide resource page for impacted areas: https://www.opportunitylouisiana.com/covid-19-assistance
In recess until March 31, 2020
Attorney General Update:
Price Gouging: http://www.ag.state.la.us/Article/9742
Open Meetings Law: http://www.ag.state.la.us/Files/Article/9743/Documents/AmendedOpenMeetingsGuidance.pdf
Department of Health Update:
Because this page is updated daily, the most current information is accessible at this site:
Federal and State Courts:
March 20, 2020 -- Louisiana Supreme Court ordered that all state proceedings continued to a date to be set no earlier than April 14, 2020.
La. Supreme Court Coronavirus Page: http://www.lasc.org/COVID19/
U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals: http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/order-1-clerks-office-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=def8cb2d_2
Eastern District of Louisiana: http://www.laed.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/pdfs/FINAL%20EDLA-General%20Order%2020-2%20Re%20Trials%20%20%202020%2003%2016.pdf
The Middle and Western have evolving rules, so I have attached their main page.
Middle District of Louisiana: https://www.lamd.uscourts.gov/
Western District of Louisiana: https://www.lawd.uscourts.gov/
Key Municipal Actions:
New Orleans: Stay Home Mandate; March 20, 2020: https://www.wwno.org/post/new-orleans-gets-stay-home-mandate-mayor-cantrell
Baton Rouge: https://www.brla.gov/2151/COVID-19-Novel-Coronavirus-Information
Department of Revenue Update:
March 19, 2020 Revenue Information Bulletin: http://revenue.louisiana.gov/LawsPolicies/RIB%2020-008%20Tax%20Return%20Extensions%20and%20Other%20Matters%20Related%20to%20COVID-19.pdf
Louisiana Workforce Commission:
There is some discussion that UI benefits may be made available to independent contractors; however, LWC will update on Monday. The data sheet is at this site: