Governor John Bel Edwards announced his plans Tuesday to loosen restrictions and begin Phase 3 starting Wednesday, March 3 after seeing a great decline in the worst spike of the pandemic. Here is a quick glimpse of what that looks like:
GENERAL GUIDELINES APPLYING TO ALL
- Mask mandate is still in place.
- In addition to specified capacity guidelines, businesses/organizations must follow applicable guidance from the State Fire Marshal that can be found at opensafely.la.gov, the Louisiana Department of Health, and any applicable regulatory board/agency in regards to social distancing, sanitation, disinfection, and any other applicable processes.
- Any establishment with a traditional waiting room must keep the waiting room/congregating areas closed. Customers should be required to wait outside or in their vehicles until their reservation or appointment.
- Alcohol sales are only allowed from 8 A.M. to 11 P.M.
- Religious services will have no limit on size, but social distancing still required.
BARS — Seeing the most changes in their restrictions
- Bars are allowed to open to 25% indoor capacity, not to exceed 250.
- Bars in parishes with less than 5% of COVID tests coming back positive for 2 weeks can allow 50% capacity.
- Bars must still close at 11PM and not allow anyone under 21 inside.
- No walk-up service allowed. Service should be delivered to patrons seated at tables.
- Indoor live music is back! Establishments must follow fire marshal regulations.
- Event centers and indoor music venues can open at 50% or 250 people.
75% TOTAL OCCUPANCY
- Shopping Malls
- Restaurants, Cafes, Coffee Shops
- Self-service buffets or common food stations must remain closed, but as an alternative, employees are allowed to serve diners at the buffet.
- Beauty Shops, Salons, & Barber Shops
- Other Nonessential Businesses
50% TOTAL OCCUPANCY
- Gyms and Fitness Centers
- Conventions and Conferences
- Event Centers and Reception Halls – not to exceed 250
- Athletic Events
Visit the Open Safely LA website for a full description of the current regulations.