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AG Jeff Landry asks Gov. Edwards to consider reopening of churches

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Posted at 11:25 AM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 12:25:06-04

In a letter to Governor John Bel Edwards, Attorney General Jeff Landry requests an amendment to the current emergency proclamation to open churches and houses of worship.

That letter according to the AG's Office is encouraging Edwards to amend his order so churches and houses of worship in Louisiana may immediately begin the process of reopening by following specific best practice guidelines.

Landry highlighted in the letter that "religious liberty is a bedrock principled right from which our freedom flows."

"As other states begin reopening and unrest in the Legislature continues, I believe many faith-based congregations will begin to meet with or without guidance," wrote Landry. "We are be better served by taking a proactive approach by publishing reopening guidelines that take a phased approach to faith services restarting. Without guidance based on best practices in place, this could be disastrous."

Landry offered Governor Edwards a draft set of guidelines for opening and operating those locations. These include encouraging at-risk individuals and those with symptoms of illness to stay at home, exercising best sanitation practices, and making other appropriate adjustments.

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