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:
  • 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, 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.
  • 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
  • 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.