July 21, 2020 | New Orleans
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New Orleans is now in Phase 2 of the reopening plan. Masks are required when out and about the city.

As a visitor, you’ll be happy to know that most attractions and tours are 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, and steamboat tours. The Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium of the Americas are open. And you can go to the casino, the racetrack and play video poker.

Restaurants are open at 50% capacity (reservations are required). And gatherings, including weddings and meetings, of up to 50 people are 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:

  • Bars
  • 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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