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Businesses receive guidance on potential reopening

LCG
Posted at 10:55 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 23:55:56-04

Next week, Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to announce if Louisiana will meet phase one criteria to begin re-opening businesses.

The stay-at-home order is expected to expire on May 15 and now, some businesses are wondering how they should begin preparing to open.

"Take the time to modify your business plan, to modify the physical layout of your business," said Jamie Angelle, Lafayette Consolidated Government's Chief Communications Officer.

Angelle said now is the time for businesses to stock up on personal protective equipment, particularly masks which will be mandatory for employees to wear.

"Have those steps in place so it is a smooth transition and you don't have any issue," Angelle said. "We want you on day one when we say you're good to go, you're ready."

Angelle also suggested Plexiglas dividers to minimize the amount of contact you could potentially have. He also said it's important to stock up on sanitizer and other cleaning supplies.

"Make sure you have the chemicals you need to sanitize everything and sanitize often. Restaurants have to sanitize after every customer. It's going to take some effort and it's going to take time," said Angelle.

The Governor's Office also hopes businesses will register on their new open safely website which will give businesses detailed guidelines for reopening.

"It will allow businesses to get the exact social distancing and sanitation guidelines they need for each phase of our reopening," said Governor Edwards.

LCG said if businesses need masks to call 311 and select option two when prompted.

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