Editor's Note: As of November 10, 2021, Louisiana is the state with the lowest rate of hospitalizations for the COVID-19 virus, and among the lowest states in the country for cases​.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, New Orleans & Company has promoted the highest safety protocols and strongly encouraged visitors to follow guidelines for masking, social distancing, and vaccines for the safety of all who choose New Orleans as a city to live, work, and visit. Today, Orleans Parish has among the highest vaccination rates in the state, and higher than the national average.

New Orleans' vaccination rates - both for eligible persons 12 years or older having received at least one dose, and those who are fully vaccinated - have surpassed the average U.S. vaccination rates. 

 

Initiated

Fully Vaccinated

New Orleans*

83.0%

72.9%

United States Average**

80.3%

69.2%

*As of 11/23 (CDC County View COVID Data)​
**As of 11/23 (CDC COVID-19 Data)

New Orleans is currently in a Modified Phase Three of its COVID safety plan.  

As of October 29, 2021, the mask mandate in Orleans parish has been lifted, with the exception of K-12 schools, healthcare facilities, and public transportation. Proof of vaccination for all eligible individuals 12 years and older, or a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test within 72 hours, will be required at most indoor venues in Orleans Parish and outdoor events where more than 500 people are in attendance. 

Please see here for the latest on where you can get tested, and here for where you can get vaccinated.

We encourage those travelers who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine to get vaccinated for their own safety, the safety of other visitors and the safety of the tens of thousands of men and women who rely on our hospitality industry for their livelihoods. 

Currently, there are no domestic travel restrictions or quarantine requirements for travelers or individuals entering the state of Louisiana. International borders reopened on November 8, 2021. International visitors are required to show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test from the past 72 hours. Exceptions will be made for those under 18 years of age and those traveling from countries with low vaccine availability. Please see here for more information. 

Click here for current list of frequently asked questions about traveling to New Orleans.

What is Modified Phase Three?

The city of New Orleans is following a multi-phase approach to safely reopening public spaces during the pandemic. These modified restrictions ensure a healthy and safe environment for both locals and visitors to the city of New Orleans.  

A few important highlights from Modified Phase Three to keep in mind:  

  • There are no restrictions in place for professional meetings or conventions.   

  • Larger indoor gatherings such as professional exhibitions, meetings, and conferences, as well as weddings and social events, can occur with 100% occupancy.  

  • Live music/entertainment may be performed at bars, restaurants, concert halls, music halls, and performance and event venues with a special event permit. They must also follow the capacity limits based on the business type. Additional safety guidelines, including proper ventilation, must also be in place.  

  • All individuals 12 years of age and older must provide one of the following:  

    • Vaccination: Evidence of having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine that has received full approval or emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization, or 

    • Negative Test Results: Evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to entering any of the types of venues below: 

INDOOR DINING 

  • Restaurants 

  • Bars 

  • Breweries, microbreweries, distilleries & micro-distilleries 

INDOOR FITNESS 

  • Gyms 

  • Indoor group fitness centers or individual fitness classes 

INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & PERFORMANCE SPACES 

  • Indoor sports complexes, stadiums & arenas 

  • Concert & music halls 

  • Event spaces such as hotel ballrooms, event venues & reception halls 

  • Pool halls, bowling alleys, indoor play centers, arcades, skating rinks, indoor playgrounds & arcades 

  • Adult live performance venues 

  • Casinos, racetracks & video poker establishments 

  • Indoor amusement facilities 

LARGE OUTDOOR EVENTS 

  • Outdoor events of more than 500 people if total attendance is more than 50% of the outdoor venue's capacity. 


Is New Orleans Open?

Yes! New Orleans remains open for both business and leisure visitation. In fact, most businesses are continuing to operate at 100% capacity both indoors and outdoors.

Do I Need to Wear a Mask at All Times? 

Beginning October 29, there will be no mask mandate in the city of New Orleans, with the exception of K-12 schools and healthcare facilities throughout Orleans Parish. Masks will also be required for use of public transportation as detailed in the federal guidelines, for all residents ages two and older.

Are Businesses Requiring Proof of Vaccination?

Yes. Or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entry.  
All individuals who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine (12 years of age and older) must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test result within 72 hours of entry to any of the types of venues listed above.  

Where Can I Get Tested? Where Can I Get Vaccinated?

Please see here for the latest on where you can get tested, and here for where you can get vaccinated. Two locations are also offering same-day PCR test results: Gulf Coast Labs and Urgent Care.

What Can I Expect While Dining in a Restaurant? 

Restaurants are allowed to operate at 100% capacity. While planning to dine in at a New Orleans restaurant, it’s encouraged that you make a reservation in advance. Please note, you will be asked to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of entry. 

Do I Need a Reservation to Visit an Attraction or Restaurant?  

For dining in restaurants within Orleans Parish, a reservation is not required but highly recommended. At some attractions, admission will be staggered using an online reservation system. Call or visit the attraction’s website for further information.   

What Safety Precautions are Attractions Taking? 

In addition to requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entry, businesses and institutions must register with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal to receive sector-specific guidelines for reopening and a certificate of Acknowledgement of Registration, which will be posted and visible on all entrances. This certificate is a physical reminder to visitors that these businesses are following all government guidelines for increased sanitation and safety practices, including personal protective equipment for employees and detailed cleaning protocols. 

What About Social Gatherings? 

INDOOR GATHERINGS: Proof of vaccination or negative tests will be required at all indoor social gatherings at establishments included in these requirements.

OUTDOOR GATHERINGS: Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result from last 72 hours required for outdoor events of 500+ people if total attendance is more than 50% of the outdoor venue's capacity.

Should we Postpone our Trip? 

We want our guests to have an amazing time when they visit and receive the most they can out of their trip. We understand that festivals and events are major drivers to visit New Orleans, but rest assured that our incredible food, music, history, architecture, tours, world-class attractions and culture - the things people love most about our city - are all here and ready for you to experience and enjoy safely. 

If you’ve planned a trip or are planning a trip to New Orleans, visit www.NewOrleans.com or reach out to us via social @VisitNewOrleans for suggestions on how to make your visit memorable.

How Long Will Modified Phase Three Last?

No current end date has been scheduled for Modified Phase Three at this time.