New Orleans is moving into phase 2 of its COVID-Reopening efforts this Saturday. Mayor LaToya Cantrell made the announcement Tuesday during an interview with WBOK radio in New Orleans. Phase 2 is set to begin Saturday, June 13. Cantrell laid out some of the major changes she’ll announce later this afternoon in a 4:30 pm CST press conference.
See the full list of changes coming below. Oh the most notable updates, Bars can open at 25% capacity.
- Businesses reopened at 25% can move to 50% capacity with social distancing/face coverings. That includes restaurants, bars with food permits and museums.
- Bars can reopen at 25% capacity
- Outdoor pools will be also be allowed to reopen with proper social distancing.
- Houses of worship can operate at 50% capacity or 250 people (whichever is less), but will not be allowed to have choirs performing.
- Movie Theaters can reopen at 50% capacity or 250 people (whichever is less)
- Gaming establishments (casinos, video poker) operate at 25% capacity. This is for Harrah’s, fair grounds, etc.
- Weddings, funerals, other gatherings limited to 100 people with one crowd control officer per 50 people (mandated by state fire marshall)
- All indoor live entertainment, festivals, fairs, amusement parks, concert halls and music venues will remain closed.
Phase 2 will last at least 21 days before the city further lifts restrictions. Mayor Cantrell and New Orleans Department of Health Director Dr. Jennifer Avegno will hold a news conference at 4:30 p.m. to go over all updates. This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.