Louisiana parish jade and jada kingdoms have taken the next step in the fight against the Zika virus, banning any and all members of their families and community from attending parish events and social gatherings.
The jade kingdoms are a family-owned business that operates in Louisiana and New Orleans, and its main revenue source is its jade carving.
The carving is the centerpiece of the kingdom’s annual jade festival, which takes place in the summer of 2018.
The ban on jade sales is part of a broader effort to fight the spread of the Zika outbreak.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the jade kingdom said it is working with the Louisiana State Department of Health to “address this new policy” and that it is “reviewing its operations and processes.”
The jade company says it has taken steps to improve safety and sanitation measures for its customers.
The ban is part the kingdom is taking in its fight against Zika, which has spread throughout the region, including to Louisiana, in recent weeks.
The outbreak has been linked to a surge in cases in Louisiana, which began in late May and has now infected more than 2,000 people.
More than a dozen new cases have been confirmed, and authorities have declared a state of emergency in Louisiana.
The state is still trying to contain the outbreak in other states, but officials say it is now under control.
The Louisiana kingdom said Wednesday that it will keep the ban in place until the state can get more information on the outbreak and determine the extent of the virus’s spread.
It has not yet offered any further information on whether or not the jades will remain open for sale.
The kingdom, which owns more than 100 carving companies and employs more than 150 workers, said in a statement that it has made changes to its safety and security policies and that the kingdom “will not allow the sale of any carving products” until further notice.
The news comes as other countries around the world, including the U.K., Canada and Australia, have announced they are working to reduce the spread and prevent the spread to children.