AG Landry encourages gov. to allow churches to reopen


Attorney General Jeff Landry is encouraging Governor John Bel Edwards to amend his Emergency Proclamation so Churches and Houses of Worship in Louisiana may immediately begin the process of reopening by following specific best practice guidelines.

In a letter to the Governor, General Landry highlights that “religious liberty is a bedrock principled right from which our freedom flows.”

“As other states begin reopening and unrest in the Legislature continues, I believe many faith-based congregations will begin to meet with or without guidance,” wrote General Landry. “We are better served by taking a proactive approach by publishing reopening guidelines that take a phased approach to faith services restarting. Without guidance based on best practices in place, this could be disastrous.”

General Landry offered Governor Edwards a draft set of guidelines for opening and operating Houses of Worship. These include encouraging at-risk individuals and those with symptoms of illness to stay at home, exercising best sanitation practices, and making other appropriate adjustments.