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Is my business "essential" under Louisiana's stay-at-home order?

On March 22, 2020, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued Proclamation No. 33-JBE-2020, also known as the “Stay-at-Home Order.” The order is in effect from 5:00 p.m. March 23, 2020 until April 13, 2020. The major provisions of this order include a ban on all gatherings of 10 or more people, and a directive that all individuals in Louisiana stay at home unless performing an “essential activity.”

Under the order, there are three categories of businesses:

Category #1: Businesses ordered temporarily closed

Business that fall under this category include:

Category #2: Businesses that provide essential functions or that are classified as “critical infrastructure sectors” by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”)

Employees are allowed to leave their homes to report to work if they are performing “essential worker functions,” as defined by CISA. CISA has identified 16 critical infrastructure sectors: 

There are multiple sub-sectors within these sectors. Please visit the CISA website for more information.

Category #3: Businesses that do not fall into either Category #1 or Category #2

If your business was not ordered temporarily closed and if your business does not fall within one of the CISA critical infrastructure sectors, the Stay-at-Home Order requires your business to: 

If your business is an essential business and you would like us to prepare a “Critical Infrastructure Employee Travel Authorization Letter” for any of your employees, please contact one of our attorneys shown at the end of this Toolkit.