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SFM: "No dancing" included in guidelines since Stay at Home order

State Fire Marshal
Posted at 9:41 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 22:42:17-04

KATC has received questions from viewers regarding a ban on dancing in Louisiana as part of Gov. Edwards' COVID-19 safety guidelines.

After a blogger highlighted a statewide dancing ban, KATC reached out to the State Fire Marshal's office for clarification.

Ashley Rodrigue, Public Affairs Director for the SFM, said that the blog's article included information that was months old, and that the "no dancing" measure had been in place since Louisiana was under the stay at home order.

During the stay at home order, restaurants and churches were allowed to open outdoors, Rodrigue explained. She said bands started playing at these "outdoor restaurants," and the SFM amended the Open Safely guidelines to instruct restaurants and bars to keep customers at tables and to not dance.

Phase One guidelines were amended on May 14 and included the "no dancing" measure. It reads, "Restaurant outdoor dining areas - self-serve or table service allowed and outdoor live entertainment with no dancing or standing - begins May 1st."

Read Phase One guidelines with the amendment HERE.

Dancing is still included in Open Safely guidance - here's Phase Two information.

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