Eric Connerly Data News Weekly Contributor
In a move to slow the spread of the Delta Variant of COVID-19, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and New Orleans Health Department Director Dr. Jennifer Avegno have recently announce that beginning August 16, 2021, that proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entry for large crowds indoors.
New Orleans leads the state with 53% of the adult population vaccinated, this number is a above the state rate which is 37% and the nation which is at 50%.
According to the new guidelines, the following businesses will be affected:
- Indoor dining and drinking such as restaurants, bars, breweries, micro-breweries, distilleries, and micro-distilleries
- Indoor fitness such as gyms and indoor group fitness centers or individual fitness classes
- indoor entertainment and/or performances, indoor sports complexes/stadiums/arenas, concert, and music halls
- Event spaces (hotel ballroom, event venue, reception halls)
- Pool halls, bowling alleys, indoor play centers, arcades, skating rinks, indoor playgrounds, and arcades
- Adult live performance venues
- Casinos, racetracks, and video poker establishments
- Indoor amusement facilities
Acceptable evidence of a COVID-19 vaccination includes:
- LA Wallet App’s SMART Health Card,
- An original, digital photograph, or photocopy of CDC Vaccination Card (both sides)
- An official vaccine record issued by another state, a foreign nation, or the World Health Organization
The announcement comes as Louisiana sees record high coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.
It was announced earlier this week that Saints fans would be required to wear masks inside for games due to the rise in COVID-19 case across the state.