Some Republican lawmakers in Louisiana need to finish the state’s public-health emergency declaration over the coronavirus as a approach to push again towards Gov. John Bel Edwards’s determination to pause the reopening course of.
Mr. Edwards, a Democrat, was among the many first governors to hit pause or reverse reopening plans in response to surging Covid-19 case numbers when he stated final week the state would stay in part two for one more month. Part two began June 5 and allowed eating places, gyms, hair salons and different companies to open at 50% capability.
Louisiana has adopted an uncommon path because the pandemic struck the U.S. In early April, it was among the worst-hit states, together with New York and New Jersey. Whereas New York and New Jersey have seen instances steadily decline since their peaks, Louisiana is seeing a resurgence after a interval of enchancment. And whereas Texas and Florida didn’t expertise excessive caseloads early on, they’ve seen their numbers explode in latest weeks, and officers there have walked back reopening plans.
Republican state Rep. Alan Seabaugh is gathering signatures for a petition he says would override Mr. Edwards’s state of emergency and thus enable native governments to impose looser guidelines. Mr. Seabaugh stated he wants 53 signatures, a majority of the members within the GOP-controlled Home, and that greater than 40 have signed or stated they’d to date.