New Orleans Enters Phase 3.2

NEW ORLEANS — Recently, the City further entered into Phase 3.2 of reopening on October 17, 2020.

Moving into Phase 3.2 allows outdoor capacity at bars and an increased capacity for indoor timed seated events, like church mass or movie showings. Outdoor sporting events have a higher capacity limit under Phase 3.2 as well.

The following requirements are still in force:

  • Masks are required in public, except during personal recreation.
  • All activities allowed in Phase 3 must include strict social distancing.
  • All businesses must follow the City and State guidelines for safe operations.

Grades Pre-K-12 are back in public school and the mayor’s office is working with education leaders to make sure the necessary resources are there in case a school receives a positive test result.

Here is a list of the changes for Phase 3.2 as outline by Mayor Cantrell:

  • Indoor live entertainment will be allowed with a Special Event Permit in restaurants, indoor event venues, and concert halls. Singing, karaoke, and wind-blown instruments are prohibited indoors.
  • Bars and breweries without LDH food permits will be allowed to have outdoor seating of 25% permitted occupancy or 50 individuals, whichever is fewer. Alcohol sales are limited to the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Breweries with an LDH food permit will be allowed to have indoor seating of 25% of permitted occupancy and outdoor seating of 100% permitted occupancy or 50 individuals, whichever is fewer. Alcohol sales are limited to the hours of 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. The City of New Orleans is making this provision in its guidelines because unlike bars, breweries are not eligible to apply for the State’s conditional restaurant permit.
  • Houses of worship, movie theaters, and conference venues will be allowed to open for timed, seated events at 50% of permitted occupancy or 500 individuals, whichever is fewer.
  • Outdoor stadiums and large arenas will be allowed to have 25% permitted occupancy or 500 individuals, whichever is fewer.
  • Concert halls will be allowed to open for timed, seated events at 50% of permitted occupancy or 250 individuals, whichever is fewer, with approval from the State Fire Marshal and the City’s Department of Safety and Permits. Singing, karaoke, and wind-blown instruments are prohibited indoors, and alcohol sales are limited to the hours of 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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