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Author: Staff

Published: 12:41 PM CDT June 1, 2020

Updated: 4:56 PM CDT June 1, 2020

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana will enter Phase Two of reopening at the end of this week, allowing bars to reopen at reduced capacity and loosening restrictions on a number of businesses.

Gov. John Bel Edwards made the announcement Monday, saying that the new rules will take effect on June 5 and run for three weeks.  New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said that Orleans Parish will not follow suit and will continue to operate under Phase One restrictions.

In the Second Phase of reopening, restaurants, retailers and other businesses that reopened under Phase One can now operate at 50% capacity.  Bars can operate at 25% capacity and casinos at 50% with 75% of their games open if they get a plan approved by the Gaming Control Board. Pool halls, bowling alleys, pools, spas and tattoo parlors can also reopen for the first time since the Stay at Home Order was issued in March.

Businesses will still be asked to perform temperature checks on customers and require face masks on their employees. Social distancing guidelines should still be followed as well.

Covid-19 and Diplomacy in 2020: The Great Disruptor” with Dr. Kenneth Dekleva

This video is from the San Diego Diplomacy Council's first virtual event which was a success with over 100 members and friends joining in.  ”These guys are my heroes”, said Dr. Kenneth Dekleva referring to Dr. William Walter, Director of Operational Medicine at the U.S. Department of State and Dr. Michael Callahan, a Tropical Medicine-Infectious Disease expert at Harvard University ( see pictures above). An accomplished psychiatrist and former U.S diplomat, Dr. Dekleva spoke about COVID-19 as a great disruptor that will have a lasting impact on our society. He emphasized that social distancing is currently our best and only tool available in fighting COVID-19. “The time for leadership is crucial as ever, and there are different types of leadership”, he added. (He then spoke of Dr. Li Wenliang, Dr. Tony Fauci, and President George Bush. Despite the negative implications resulting from the pandemic, he believes that some positive effects include a significant rise in technological integration in the workforce and more international cooperation. “Information sharing at many levels is essential,” he said. As far as protecting our mental health during this period of isolation, he recommends that staying in touch with loved ones, supporting each other virtually, and remaining active are some of the best things we can do.


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