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New Orleans extends 'Stay at Home' order to May 16

The Mayor's office noted that the order can be lifted at any time should the circumstances warrant change.

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleanians will most likely be staying home for at least another month.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell filed a proclamation extending her 'Stay at Home' order until May 16.

The Mayor's office noted that the order can be lifted at any time should the circumstances warrant change.

The extension comes as Louisiana surpasses 1,100 deaths from COVID-19, 287 of those in Orleans Parish.

With more than 1,100 dead in Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards on Tuesday said the state "took a step back in the COVID-19 battle." However, the morbidity rate, while crucial, does not reflect how the virus is slowing in other areas.  

Cases across the state only increased by 433 (or 2%) Wednesday, continuing the slowdown of cases in the state. Health officials attribute this to successful social distancing. 

What is an essential activity?

  • Accessing healthcare
  • Getting essential supplies for your home
  • Going to an essential job

What can’t you do?

  • No public or private gatherings. Keep groups under 10 people.
  • All Bars, health clubs, gyms, malls and event venues are CLOSED
  • Eating in or waiting for food at restaurants. (takeout and delivery still OK)

NOTE: This DOES NOT stop you from leaving your home. Officials ask that you limit yourself to essential travel only, but encourage exercise such as walking, hiking or bicycling as long as you stick to social distancing guidelines.

What CAN you do?

  • Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store
  • Go to the pharmacy
  • Go to medical appointments
  • Go to a restaurant for take out or get delivery
  • Take a walk, ride your bike, etc. -- just respect social distancing guidelines
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian
  • Help someone get necessary supplies
  • Receive deliveries

Who is an “essential service provider?”

  • Healthcare
  • Food service and restaurants (delivery and takeout only)
  • Social Services
  • Construction and critical infrastructure
  • News and Media
  • Gas station and car repair
  • Bicycle supply and repair
  • Banks and financial institutions
  • Hardware stores
  • Mailing and shipping services
  • Laundry
  • Work from home support suppliers
  • Hotels
  • Essential transportation service providers
  • Home-based care for seniors, adults and children
  • Residential facilities for seniors, adults and children
  • Legal and accounting services
  • Childcare facilities (practicing proper social distancing)

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