On November 23, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana will move back to a modified version of Phase 2 coronavirus restrictions until at least December 23.
Bars in parishes with greater than 5% positivity will be closed to indoor consumption but can allow outdoor seating for up to 50 people (if they’re seated and spaced out).
Bars in parishes with 5% or below positivity can allow indoor consumption with up to 25% occupancy (seated and spaced out).
The good news is that Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and some other rural parishes still have low enough positivity rates to keep bars open. We will let you know if that changes.
Here's what else the new rules mean:
• Restaurants, gyms, casinos and non-essential retail stores can operate at up to 50% occupancy with social distancing and a mask mandate.
• Sporting events will be allowed to proceed at up to 25% occupancy with social distancing and a mask mandate.
• Places of worship can operate at up to 75% occupancy with social distancing and a mask mandate.
• Event centers will now be limited to 25% occupancy (indoors for up to 75 people) with masks required.
• Outdoor gatherings will also be limited to 25% occupancy (up to 150 people where social distancing is not possible). Again, masks required.
Check back here for updates.