Reopen Louisiana is a group of Louisiana citizens concerned about the impact of mass shutdowns on the economic and mental health of the family unit in response to COVID-19. We acknowledge the tragedy caused by COVID-19 and appreciate that it is a significant public health concern. However, the economic, social and educational disruption caused by shutdowns is guaranteed to cause significant, and even greater harm, leading to increased deaths, economic disruption, loss of livelihood, and mental and emotional challenges for Louisiana citizens and their families. We, the citizens of Louisiana, feel there far less disruptive means of managing the epidemic and petition that Louisiana begin the process of reopening immediately and effective as of May 2, 2020.
We are petitioning our governor, John Belle Edwards, to immediately reopen our state's business, educational and religious institutions. Louisiana citizens are struggling daily to pay bills, maintain family unity, ensure their family’s mental and economical well-being, and remain connected. Research has demonstrated that non-economically disruptive social distancing measures can be sufficient to control the spread of COVID-19, and we call upon Governor John Belle Edwards to hear his constituents and immediately begin the responsible reopening of the great state of Louisiana.
*This petition has been created to give a voice to the citizens of Louisiana who are being negatively impacted by the shelter in place extension from John Belle Edwards. If you feel that Louisiana can and should safely reopen as of May 1, 2020 then please sign this petition.