June 12 2020 | New Orleans
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New Orleans is now in Phase 2 of the reopening plan. This means more businesses are now allowed to reopen and others that opened up during Phase 1 can now expand capacity. Remember, masks are required when out and about in New Orleans.

As a visitor to our city, you’ll be happy to know that most attractions and tours are now back up and running. You can once again eat beignets in the French Quarter and walk around with a frozen daiquiri in your hand. You can go on city, swamp, ghost, steamboat and plantation tours. The Audubon Zoo is open. And you can go to the casino, the racetrack and play video poker.

Bars without food permits can now open, and restaurants and bars in the city with food permits can now expand from 25% to 50% capacity (reservations are still required). And gatherings, including weddings and meetings, of up to 100 people are now permitted (a crowd control officer is required for every 50 people).

The following are now open as well:

  • Outdoor pools
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Barber shops/hair salons/spas (reservations required)
  • Tattoo parlors (reservations required)
  • Retail and shopping malls
  • Conference and meeting rooms
  • Movie theaters (at 50% capacity or 250 patrons, whichever is fewer)
  • Houses of worship (at 50% capacity or 250 patrons, whichever is fewer)

Here’s what’s still closed:

  • Indoor live entertainment
  • Festivals/fairs
  • Amusement parks/arcades
  • Music/concert venues
  • Indoor playgrounds
  • Second lines and parades
  • Trade shows

Remember, reservations are required at restaurants and many attractions. Since some hotels and attractions may still not be open yet, and some have reduced hours, we suggest you call ahead while planning your itinerary.

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