As of November 11, New Orleans entered into Phase 3.3 of reopening. 

The importance of following the citywide rules during this time cannot be overstated. Wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory statewide when out in public. The mask mandate exists not only to keep you safe but to make sure our local hospitality workers are safe, as well. 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, or you can check out Sew Dat, which provides free masks for essential workers.

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

What is Phase 3.3?

Phase 3.3 is the final stage before we reach Phase 4. Phase 3 has three separate parts, each with additional loosening of restrictions. Phases for a safe reopening are closely aligned with those set by the State of Louisiana and the White House. 

A few important  highlights  from Phase 3.3 to keep in mind: 

  • Every person  must  wear a mask or face covering while in public, except during personal outdoor recreation.  

  • Indoor social gatherings (such as parties and weddings) are limited to 100 people; outdoor gatherings are limited to 150 people, even in outdoor parks and spaces.  

  • Restaurants and bars can sell alcohol (including to-go drinks) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Alcohol sales at restaurants must be accompanied by food sales.

  • Conference venues and meeting rooms are  limited to 50% capacity or 250  people, whichever is fewer.

  • Indoor live entertainment will be allowed with a Special Event Permit in restaurants, indoor event venues and concert halls. Singing, karaoke and wind-blown instruments are prohibited indoors. 

  • Individuals must continue to practice social distancing and wash hands often.  

  • Seniors and people with serious medical conditions should continue to stay home, as well as anyone who is feeling sick or showing symptoms of Covid-19. 

What Types of Businesses Are Open During Phase 3.3? 

  • Retail stores and shopping malls  - 75% capacity

  • Restaurants, cafés and bars with Louisiana Department of Health food permit (with reservations at restaurants strongly encouraged) - 75% capacity indoors, with tables spaced six feet apart. No seating at the restaurant bar. Patrons must wear masks unless actively eating or drinking. Outdoor dining is allowed at full capacity as long as social distancing measures are in place. All restaurants and event venues are required to end the sale of alcohol at 11 p.m., in accordance with the guidelines established by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

  • Bars and breweries without Louisiana Department of Health food permit - 25% capacity indoors or 50 individuals, whichever is fewer. 100% capacity outdoors, or 50 individuals, whichever is fewer. No seating at the bar. 

  • Breweries with Louisiana Department of Health food permit - 25% capacity indoors or 50 individuals, whichever is fewer. 100% capacity outdoors or 50 individuals, whichever is fewer

  • Beauty salons, barbershops, and nail salons (by appointment only)  - 75% capacity

  • Tattoo, massage, and  esthetician  services (by appointment only) - 75% capacity

  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums (by reservation only and with no tactile exhibits)  - 75% capacity

  • Gyms and fitness centers, including group fitness classes - 50% capacity 

  • Libraries  - 75% capacity 

  • Community centers - 50% capacity

  • Casinos, race tracks, and video poker establishments - 25%  capacity with 50% of gaming tables open

  • Houses of worship - 50% capacity  or  500  people, whichever is fewer  

  • Movie theaters - 50% capacity or  500  people, whichever is fewer

  • Conference venues and meeting rooms - 50% capacity or 250  people, whichever is fewer 

  • Swimming pools - one person for every 60 square feet of available deck space within the aquatic venue

  • Walking, bike and vehicular tours - limited to 50% capacity or 14 people, whichever is fewer 

  • Event venues - 50% capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer

  • Outdoor stadiums and large arenas - 25% capacity or 500 individuals, whichever is fewer

  • Concert halls - allowed to open for timed, seated events at 50% of permitted occupancy or 250 individuals, whichever is fewer, with approval from the State Fire Marshal and the City’s Department of Safety and Permits. Singing, karaoke and wind-blown instruments are prohibited indoors and alcohol sales are limited to the hours of 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

Outdoor recreation spaces, including parks, playgrounds, and sports complexes,  continue  to operate  following social distancing guidelines.

Indoor live entertainment will be allowed with a Special Event Permit in restaurants, indoor event venues and concert halls. Singing, karaoke and wind-blown instruments are prohibited indoors.

Outdoor live music is permitted, so long as the gathering is limited to 150 people  with one  safety officer per 50 individuals, and  organizers  must  first  obtain a special event permit.

What Types of Businesses Are Closed During Phase 3.3? 

The following operations  and activities  remain closed or prohibited:  

  • Amusement parks 

  • Fairs and festivals 

  • Arcades 

  • Indoor playgrounds and play centers 

  • Second lines and parades 

  • Dance clubs

What Can I Expect While Dining in a Restaurant? 

While planning to dine in at a New Orleans restaurant, it’s encouraged that you make a reservation in advance. Indoor seating is limited to  75% of the restaurant’s permitted occupancy, or 100% outdoors with social distancing. 

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 both the state- and 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 seated at a table in a restaurant. 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?

According to city government, outdoor gatherings are limited  to 150 people, and indoor gatherings to 100.  One safety control officer  should be  provided per 50 people per State Fire Marshal guidelines, even in outdoor parks and spaces.  Gatherings  not at a permitted special event venue must obtain a special event permit from the  city.

How Long Will Phase 3.3 Last?

In Orleans Parish, there is no  official  end date for Phase 3.3.