Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Louisiana, US, ease restrictions through at least Oct. 9 due to decrease in COVID-19 cases. Restrictions remain in New Orleans.

Alert Begins 11 Sep 2020 10:28 PM UTC
Alert Expires 09 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Louisiana (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Likely business disruptions

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has approved most of the state to move to Phase 3 of the state's economic recovery plan on Sept. 11, due to a decrease in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. The new measures will be in force through at least Oct. 9. The city of New Orleans will remain on Phase 2.

Under Phase 3 guidelines, restaurants, places of worship, personal care services, gyms, and other businesses may open at 75 percent capacity with social distancing measures in place. Bars will remain closed for on-premises consumption in parishes with a more than 5 percent positivity rate over the previous 14-days, bars which are allowed to reopen will be allowed to do so at 25 percent capacity with a maximum of 50 people. Alcohol sales must end at 2200 at all venues which serve it. Indoor and outdoor gatherings, including weddings and funerals, are limited to 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 250 people. Casinos may operate at 50 percent capacity. Large venues, including sporting venues and movie theaters, may operate at 25 percent capacity with social distancing measures in place. The statewide mask mandate remains in force, local authorities can wave the protective face covering mandate in parishes with less than 100 active COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people.

New Orleans will remain on Phase 2 of the economic recovery plan. Bars must remain closed. Indoor and outdoor gatherings, including weddings and funerals, are limited to 25 and 50 people respectively. The following businesses are permitted to operate at 50 percent capacity:


  • Restaurants and coffee shops


  • Shopping malls


  • Gyms and fitness centers


  • Personal care businesses, such as barbershops and nail salons


  • Movie theaters, museums, zoos, and aquariums


  • Pool halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks


  • Event centers and wedding venues


  • Outdoor playgrounds


  • Casinos


Amusement and water parks, indoor playgrounds, concert and music halls, carnivals, and fairs must remain closed. All businesses are encouraged to allow their employees to work from home whenever possible.

Essential businesses and services, including grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and healthcare facilities, as well as energy, transport, security, and telecommunications companies, will continue to operate. Employers must ensure social distancing measures and enhance sanitation procedures.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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