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Lt. Gov. Nungesser says state’s tourism industry lost $2.5 billion, laid off 109k workers due to COVID-19

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – The tourism in Louisiana has taken a large hit from COVID-19.



Billy Nungesser standing in front of a brick building: Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser


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Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser

According to a report by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser’s office, the impacts from the coronavirus were large. The state lost more than $2.5 billion just from tourism alone, which led to 109,000 jobs lost in the industry.

In Baton Rouge, this problem is compounded by limiting attendance at LSU football games to just 25% of Tiger Stadium’s capacity, according to Nungesser. That means fewer people will be staying in Baton Rouge hotels and spending money in the state’s capital city.

“We feel that until we can fill up the stadium again with events, small or large, we’re doing bike races, all kinds of things to get people to stay in hotels, shop at local businesses and support the economy here,” Nungesser said. “We’re trying

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N.J. coronavirus quarantine travel list shrinks for 1st time. Update includes 31 states and territories.

New Jersey dropped five states from its coronavirus quarantine travel advisory and didn’t add any new ones to the list Tuesday, leaving the total number of states and territories considered COVID-19 hotspots to 31.

Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana were removed from the list of states that requires a self-quarantine that New Jersey joined with New York and Connecticut. It’s the first time in eight weeks that a state or territory hasn’t been added to the travel advisory.

People traveling from those locations — including residents returning home — are being asked to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days and to seek a coronavirus test after arriving.

“The self-quarantine is voluntary, but compliance is expected,” reads guidance on New Jersey’s website for the travel advisory. New York has threatened fines for non-compliance, but New Jersey has not taken that approach.

The quarantine applies to any state with a positive test

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Five states removed from New York’s travel quarantine list, one territory added

New York removed five states from mandatory quarantine orders for travelers from areas with high spread of the coronavirus, as it marked its 18th straight day of positive testing levels falling below 1%, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday.

The states removed from the “travel advisory” list are Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana. The U.S. territory of Guam was added to the list.

The changes leave 31 states or territories on the list. The action came as the number of new cases of COVID-19 have dropped in some areas as officials adopt mandatory mask-wearing measures and reverse moves such as opening bars and indoor dining.

States/regions in red are included on New York’s travel advisory list as of Aug. 25, 2020. Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, not pictured, are also on the list.

“New Yorkers made enormous sacrifices to get our numbers as low as they are

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Coronavirus latest: 5 states removed from New York travel advisory list

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that five states — Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana — have been removed from the Empire State’s coronavirus travel advisory list, while the U.S. territory of Guam has been added.

The advisory mandates a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers arriving from areas “with significant community spread.” That list now includes Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Virgin Islands and Wisconsin.

New York state has had a rate of positive COVID-19 tests below 1% for 18 straight days, according to Cuomo, who warned “this pandemic is not over” and urged residents to “stay vigilant and be careful.”

“New Yorkers made enormous sacrifices to get our numbers as low as they are today, and we don’t want

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