As of April 30, 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 mandatory in Orleans Parish. If you are in need of a mask or face covering, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite local spots to buy masks here.

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: 

  • Every person must  wear a mask or face covering in Orleans Parish.  

  • Indoor gatherings are limited to 250 people, and outdoor to 500 people with masks and social distancing required.
  • Restaurants, bars, breweries and event venues can serve alcohol between the hours of 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. (including to-go drinks). Packaged liquor sales in the French Quarter and CBD are limited to the hours of 6 a.m. and 1 a.m. 
  • 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. 
  • Individuals must continue to practice social distancing and wash hands often.  

Businesses allowed to open at 100% capacity, with masks and social distancing required:

  • Bars 

  • Bars with AR-Conditional Restaurant permit 

  • Beauty salons, barber shops, and nail salons 

  • Breweries 

  • Bus tours 

  • Carriage tours 

  • Community centers 

  • Concert Halls 

  • Conference venues and meeting rooms 

  • Houses of worship 

  • Libraries 

  • Movie theaters 

  • Museums, zoos, aquariums 

  • Office buildings and businesses 

  • Restaurants 

  • Retail stores 

  • Salons, barber shops and tanning establishments 

  • Swimming pools 

  • Tattoo, massage, and esthetician services

Activities with additional restrictions:

  • Adult live entertainment 

  • Casinos, racetracks, and video poker establishments 

  • Event venues 

  • Gyms and fitness centers 

  • 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

See for more information on these activities with additional restrictions.

Not allowed:

  • Block parties 

  • Second lines and parades 

  • Dance clubs

What Can I Expect While Dining in a Restaurant? 

Restaurants are allowed to operate at 100% capacity, with masks and social distancing required. While planning to dine in at a New Orleans restaurant, it’s encouraged that you make a reservation in advance.

As for the dining experience, expect strict health measures to be taken on behalf of the business to keep you and the staff safe. This includes staggering reservations, spacing out tables more than six feet apart, and wearing masks while cooking and serving food. You can do your part by wearing your mask or face covering until you get to your designated table and begin eating or drinking. 

Do I Need to Wear a Mask at All Times? 

As part of the citywide mask mandate, it is required that individuals wear a mask or face covering at all times while in public, unless you are exercising or actively eating or drinking. This rule does not apply to children under two years old and anyone who has trouble breathing. 

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

For dining in restaurants within Orleans Parish, a reservation is strongly recommended. If you don’t have a reservation and are planning on dining in a restaurant or visiting a bar, whether outdoor or indoor, be prepared to provide contact information (name and phone number) for contact tracing purposes.   

As for visits to museums, zoos, aquariums, and other indoor cultural attractions, admission will be staggered using an online reservation system. Call or visit the attraction’s website to book your reservation in advance.  

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 with masks and social distancing required.  

How Long Will Modified Phase Three Last?

Modified Phase Three will last indefinitely.