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Mask Mandate remains throughout Louisiana
Louisiana will now operate under Phase 3 guidelines increasing local restaurants and salons to increase capacity to 75% occupancy. The new order will remain in place until March 31st depending on the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the state. Indoor gatherings and event centers will be capped at 50-percent capacity but limited to 250 people. Religious services will no longer have capacity limits. Gyms and fitness centers will remain at 50-percent capacity due to research showing that COVID-19 spreads more frequently in this type of business location. Bars in all parishes will be able to open for indoor service at 25-percent capacity, not to exceed 250 people. Despite the changes, the governor and health officials are urging the public to remain vigilant and continue wearing masks and social distancing. Since the start of COVID-19, Louisiana has lost more than 10,000 residents from complications from the virus.
While the state moves forward to Phase 3, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says she won’t be easing restrictions in Orleans Parish. New Orleans will remain in Phase 2 due to recently loosening restrictions following the Mardi Gras holiday. Currently, gathering sizes for parties and events in New Orleans are capped at 75 people indoors and 150 outside. Restaurants, bars and other businesses may seat as many as 15 people at a table, up from the previous limit of 10. Indoor stadiums are allowed to seat 15-percent capacity without special clearance from City Hall. Outdoor stadiums can currently seat 25-percent capacity. Bars are not allowed to serve alcohol to anyone after 11pm.
The governor says that Louisiana residents are doing a good job at masking which has helped to decrease the state’s COVID cases. COVID vaccines are also being distributed more frequently throughout the state. So far, more than one million doses have been administered in Louisiana. To sign up for Access Health Louisiana’s COVID-19 vaccination list, click here.
To read more about Louisiana’s Phase 3 guidelines, click here.
To read more about the city of New Orleans’ COVID guidelines, click here for the NOLA Ready website.
To see which areas of the state are most impacted by the latest COVID-19 cases, click here.