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Louisiana state legislature will remain open amid concerns of COVID-19

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Posted at 5:37 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 18:37:13-04

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana State Legislature will remain open for business.

Following consultation with medical professionals, President of the LA State Senate Page Cortez and Speak of the LA House of Representatives Clay Schexnayder have announced that there are no plans to cancel or suspend the regular session.

"We are taking the necessary CDC recommended precautions to allow the Legislature to continue functioning, ensuring we meet our constitutional responsibilities. We are implementing strict CDC directed protocols to ensure the safety of the body, the staff, and the public while inside the Capitol."

Cortez and Schexnayder say they will be in constant communication with each other, leadership, and necessary state and federal agencies and will be closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Effective Monday, March 16, we will be implementing the following CDC recommended precautions to ensure the safety of the body, the staff, and the public while at the Capitol.

  • Every entrant to the building will be required to have their temperature checked by authorized personnel. Any person with a temperature over 100.4°F (38°C) will not be allowed in the building. Individuals allowed in the building will be given a specific sticker for that day to indicate they were checked and will be asked to wear the sticker in plain view.
  • We will be limiting the number of persons allowed into committee rooms and chamber galleries and will require spacing in seating. The number of individuals will be based on CDC recommended guidelines and is subject to change.
  • All legislative desks, podiums, committee rooms and flat surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected daily prior to use.