LAFAYETTE, La. — The Special Counsel to Gov. John Bel Edwards has stated that the Shop Safe Policy announced by the Lafayette Consolidated Government on Thursday is in line with the Stay At Home Order that is in effect until April 30.
During LCG's daily press briefing on the COVID-19 response, Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory released new guidelines for local businesses that fall into the 'gray area' where they are not addressed by Stay At Home Order. The Safe Shop Policy affects businesses like smaller retail shops, furniture stores, clothing stores and jewelry stores.
In an email obtained by KATC to Guillory, Tina Vanichchagorn, special counsel to the governor, stated that the new policy conforms to the statewide order:
We saw the announcement that Lafayette made yesterday on your “Safe Shop” policy and wanted to follow-up with you. Your interpretation of Proclamation No. 41 JBE 2020, relative to business operations, is correct. Section 2 of the Proclamation addresses business operations. Section 2(A) provides for essential businesses. Section 2(B) enumerates businesses that are specifically prohibited from being open to the public through the duration of the order. Section 2(C) covers those businesses whose operation is not authorized under Section 2(A) or prohibited under Section 2(B). As you noted, under 41 JBE 2020, all of the businesses that fall in the Section 2(C) category have always been authorized to remain open to the public for business under the number of persons and social distancing limitations contained in Section 2(C).
The governor issued an extension of the Stay At Home Order on April 2, which limits several business operations it deems non-essential.
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