Open Louisiana Now!
Our state is diverse and each of our 64 parishes is unique. COVID-19's impact on Louisiana is affecting each of our parishes and regions differently. We believe the meaningful reopening of our state's economy should reflect that. A localized approach is precisely what President Donald Trump has recommended, but our Governor has said this is not under consideration.
The health impact of this pandemic is real, but so is the economic impact. Livelihoods are destroyed with every day that we suffer in a statewide, universal shutdown. It does NOT have to be this way!
WHY SIGN THE PETITION?
Reason #1 - President Trump's Plan… Parish-By-Parish Re-Opening!
President Trump’s plan provides for a regionalized, parish-by-parish reopening! The President understands that a "one-size-fits-all" approach to reopening our economy is wrong for America. That’s why his guidelines for “Opening Up America Again,” empowers states to open regionally, or on a parish-by-parish basis. Unfortunately, Governor Edwards refuses to even consider this option.
Reason #2 - Every Job & Small Business is Important!
Every job and local small business is significant to our state. When it comes to job losses, Louisiana is one of the hardest-hit states in the nation. Louisiana currently has one of the highest unemployment rates in the entire country. Over the last six weeks, 350,000 of our neighbors have lost their jobs due to this economic shutdown. This means 18.5% of the state’s eligible workforce is currently out of work. Job loss and unemployment also hurt the health of our citizens. A long-term statewide, universal shutdown is not sustainable!
Reason #3 - A Regional Approach is a Data-Driven Solution!
A regional approach is a data-driven solution to an unprecedented problem. The data clearly shows that COVID-19 has not impacted each parish/region in the same way with 33 parishes having less than 100 cumulative cases. In fact, the state government is tracking and responding to COVID-19 on a parish-by-parish basis. So, why can’t we reopen based upon this data. Surrounding states are restarting their economies, leaving ALL of Louisiana even further behind?