Edwards appoints commission to plan re-opening of Louisiana's businesses

A commission has been appointed by the governor to plan for re-opening Louisiana’s closed businesses.

A stay-at-home order issued by Gov. John Bel Edwards in March has crippled Louisiana’s economy as the state tries to control a rapidly growing Coronavirus outbreak.

On Thursday, Edwards announced that an 18-member commission has been created to plan the re-opening of Louisiana’s economy. The commission has been asked to figure out “how to get businesses open, workers back to work, but in a way that protects public health,” Edwards said.

Edwards pointed out on Thursday that reopenings will not be immediate. He said stay-at-home orders have been crucial in stopping the spread of the disease across Louisiana. As of Thursdasy at noon, there have been 1,156 Coronavirus deaths reported in the state, with a total of 22,532 cases reported in all 64 of the state’s parishes.

Edwards said citizens shouldn't think that reopening the economy means that things are returning to normal. "We're not going to get back to normal until we have a vaccine and some effective therapeutic treatments,” he said, “but we aren't going to wait until then before we start to reopen the economy, get businesses back open and people back to work."

Edwards said his goal is to balance the demands of promoting public health and minimizing the spread of COVID-19 versus the demands on the hospitals with reopening the economy.

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