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Lake Bistineau among 3 state parks to remain closed, continue housing people quarantining with COVID-19


BATON ROUGE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – As Louisiana enters the first phase of the plan for reopening, all state parks, with the exception of three including Lake Bistineau State Park, will be re-opening this weekend to Louisiana residents only. 

18 of the state’s parks, all 18 state historic Sites, and all 9 state museum buildings will reopen under new guidelines set to go into effect Friday as part of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Roadmap to a Resilient Louisiana plan. Edwards is expected to sign a proclamation with the new guidelines Thursday, which will go into effect when the current stay-at-home order expires on May 15.

Three state parks designated to house those who may be or have tested positive for the coronavirus and cannot go home for risk of exposing others will remain closed to the public for now. Edwards said each of the parks, including Lake Bistineau, have people staying in them now that just arrived on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser said during Wednesday’s briefing that booking reservations from out of state are being canceled. Instead, Louisianans will be offered “lagniappe” in the form of a “book three nights and get one night free” deal, he said. Click here for more information.

During phase one of the governor’s Roadmap to a Resilient Louisiana plan, Nungesser said all welcome centers will remain closed; however, those with exterior doors to restrooms will have 24-hour restrooms available and they will be cleaned multiple times a day.

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