18 May 2020
Casinos across Louisiana will be permitted to reopen from today (May 18) after the state’s Governor, John Bel Edwards, lifted a number of restrictions related to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Edwards last week said that Louisiana would enter Phase One of its ‘Roadmap to a Resilient Louisiana’ on May 15, permitting a number of businesses to reopen after they were forced to temporary close due to the outbreak.
Restaurants, cafes, gyms, shopping malls, cinemas, museums and fitness centres were among the facilities allowed to reopen from May 15, while racetracks were also permitted to open, albeit without spectators in attendance.
Casinos and video poker establishments are also able to recommence activities from today, but with certain limitations in place. Such facilities may only operate at 25% capacity, while only offering 50% of their gaming positions, which must also be spaced out to allow for social distancing.