As of May 28, 2021, New Orleans is in a Modified Phase Three of its reopening plan. 

The importance of following the city and statewide rules during this time cannot be overstated. Wearing a mask or face covering is no longer mandatory in Orleans Parish for fully vaccinated people, except in city government facilities, early childhood, elementary and secondary institutions, hospitals and on federally regulated transportation. 

Currently, there are no travel restrictions or quarantine requirements for travelers or individuals entering the state of Louisiana.

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: 

  • Indoor gatherings are limited to 250 people, and outdoor to 500 people; unvaccinated people should mask and social distance. 
  • Any gathering that exceeds the limits of 250 individuals indoors/500 individuals outdoors are subject to the following limitations:

    • Indoor events may operate at 50% of capacity without requirements for masking or distancing, OR at 100% of capacity if all participants wear masks through the duration of the event (except while actively eating or drinking).

    • Outdoor events may operate at 75% of capacity without requirements for masking or distancing, OR at 100% of capacity if all participants wear masks through the duration of the event (except while actively eating or drinking).

    • Alternatively, any indoor or outdoor event that exceeds the gathering limits may operate at 100% capacity without masking or distancing IF all participants provide proof of full vaccination status OR a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of the time the event begins.

  • 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. 
     
  • Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks, practice social distancing and are encouraged to get vaccinated ASAP.

Businesses allowed to open at 100% capacity:

  • Adult Live Entertainment

  • Bars 

  • Bars with AR-Conditional Restaurant permit 

  • Beauty salons, barber shops, and nail salons 

  • Block parties

  • Breweries 

  • Bus tours 

  • Carriage tours 

  • Casinos, racetracks, and video poker establishments 

  • Community centers 

  • Concert Halls 

  • Conference venues and meeting rooms 

  • Dance clubs 

  • Event venues (please see here for further guidance on events) 

  • Gyms and fitness centers

  • Houses of worship 

  • Libraries 

  • Movie theaters 

  • Museums, zoos, aquariums 

  • Office buildings and businesses 

  • Outdoor events, amusement parks, festival and fairs  

  • Pool halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, trampoline park, children indoor play centers, indoor playgrounds and arcades  

  • Recreation spaces, sports complexes, parks and playgrounds

  • Restaurants 

  • Retail stores 

  • Salons, barber shops and tanning establishments 

  • Second lines and parades

  • Swimming pools 

  • Tattoo, massage, and esthetician services

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.

Do I Need to Wear a Mask at All Times? 

Wearing a mask or face covering is no longer mandatory in Orleans Parish for fully vaccinated people, except in city government facilities, early childhood, elementary and secondary institutions, hospitals and on federally regulated transportation. 

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

For dining in restaurants within Orleans Parish, a reservation is 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? 

All 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 Public Gatherings?

Gatherings may be held with up to 250 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors; unvaccinated people should mask and social distance. Please see the “What is Modified Phase Three” section for further guidance on events that exceed 250 individuals indoors and 500 individuals outdoors.

How Long Will Modified Phase Three Last?

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