. . BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - With Louisiana seeing a fresh surge in coronavirus hospital stays, Gov. . John Bel Edwards tightened restrictions on businesses and gatherings before Thanksgiving Tuesday, fearing the holidays would only worsen the spread of the outbreak. "Our numbers are not good and they are getting worse everywhere. This is clearly a nationwide increase that requires a coordinated effort nationwide, ”said Edwards. Democratic governor reduced the number of customers admitted to restaurants, gyms, salons, casinos, malls and other non-essential businesses from 75% of their occupancy to 50%. The crowds in churches are limited to 75% of their capacity, with a need for distancing between people from different households. The new rules come into effect on Wednesday and expire in December. 23. The nationwide mask mandate remains. Most bars will likely limit themselves to just takeout, delivery, and outdoor seating. This is subject to new restrictions that require parishes to have a low percentage of coronavirus tests positive in order to allow drinking in indoor bars. The amount at high school soccer games will shrink to 25%, the same maximum that already applies to college soccer games. Indoor gatherings for weddings and events are limited to 75 people or a maximum of 25% occupancy, whichever is lower. Outdoor gatherings have looser boundaries. The tightened restrictions will come when Louisiana sees its third surge in COVID-19 disease infections caused by the coronavirus. Hospitals warn that they are concerned that the recent surge in cases will overwhelm their facilities. “The path that lies ahead is dangerous. This is a dangerous time for Louisiana, ”said Dr. . Joe Kanter, the governor's chief public health advisor. “We're in step with that now. . .