Warning Alert

Authorities in New Orleans, La., US, to ease city restrictions starting Oct. 3. Statewide restrictions remain in place. 

Alert Begins 02 Oct 2020 08:34 PM UTC
Alert Expires 23 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC


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


Authorities New Orleans, Louisiana, plan to gradually move the city to Phase 3 of its coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery plan in response to a decrease in disease activity. As of Oct. 3, New Orleans will enter Phase 3.1, under which gathering sizes may increase to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Restaurants, shopping malls and retail centers, personal care services, museums, libraries, zoos, aquariums, and other businesses may operate at 75-percent capacity. Bars may open for carryout service only and must close at 2300. Protective face coverings continue to be required in all public spaces.

The rest of the state remains under complete Phase-3 guidelines through at least Oct. 9. Restaurants, places of worship, personal care services, gyms, and other businesses may operate at 75 percent capacity with social distancing measures in place. Bars in parishes with COVID-19 test positivity rates of higher than 5 percent over 14-days must remain closed for on-premises consumption; bars in other parishes may operate at 25-percent capacity up to a maximum of 50 people. All alcohol sales must end at 2200. Indoor and outdoor gatherings, including weddings and funerals, are limited to 50 percent of the venue's capacity with a maximum of 250 people. Casinos may operate at 50-percent capacity. Large venues, including sports facilities and movie theaters, may operate at 25-percent capacity with social-distancing measures in place. The statewide protective face covering mandate remains in force; however, local authorities can wave the mandate in parishes with fewer than 100 active COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitant.

Amusement and water parks, indoor playgrounds, concert and music halls, carnivals, and fairs 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, have not been subject to disease-related closures. Employers are required enforce social distancing 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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