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GOVERNOR EXTENDS PHASE 2 RESTRICTIONS

BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed an executive order that extends Phase 2 and the statewide mask mandate, closure of bard to on-sited consumption and gathering size limits in Louisiana.
This extension is set to expire on Sept. 11.
Edwards said White House officials approved his decision to maintain the restrictions.

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Some businesses in Vermilion Parish still remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grant program opening for Louisiana businesses affected by COVID-19

Louisiana small businesses that have been hammered by the coronavirus outbreak and haven’t received federal aid can start applying this week for grants up to $15,000 to cover pandemic-related expenses, under a program created by state lawmakers.
Grants in the $275 million, federally financed Main Street Recovery Program are expected to run out quickly. More than 450,000 businesses are estimated to be eligible, but fewer than 20,000 would be able to collect payments if they each receive the maximum grant.

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Free COVID-19 testing at Cajun Field will be extended through Sunday, Aug. 2

LAFAYETTE — A free COVID-19 mobile testing site at Cajun Field will remain in place through Sunday, Aug. 2.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Louisiana Department of Health have been operating the site since July 10. This is the second time that testing has been extended.
Free, drive-thru tests will continue to be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except on Friday, July 31. A food distribution effort will be held at the site that day.
No ID is needed for testing, but registration is required.

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Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon’s Message On the Latest Governor’s Proclamation Regarding Covid-19 Mitigation Measures Including Mandatory Face Coverings

On Saturday July 11, 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards released Proclamation 89-20, which included additional Covid-19 mitigation measures including the closure of bars and crowd size limitations at indoor facilities. The proclamation also included the requirement for the wearing of facial covers (masks covering the mouth and nose) at any commercial establishment and government buildings open to the public whether indoor or outdoor where strict social distancing cannot be maintained.

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Vice President Mike Pence speaks to members of the media at LSU on July 14, 2020.
By David Jacobs | The Center Square

VP Mike Pence urges schools reopening, pledges federal support for Louisiana

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana is better positioned to safely hold in-person classes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic now than it was in March or April, Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday.
Though coronavirus infections again are rising statewide, not reopening schools is too risky for students to be considered, federal officials said.
“The people of Louisiana know how to slow the spread. They know how to flatten the curve,” Pence said. “We’re with you, and we’re going to be with you every step of the way.”

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