Governor John Bel Edwards said on Tuesday that due to the recent surge in Coronavirus cases in Louisiana, he is moving the state into a modified version of Phase 2. He said under the phase, which takes effect on Wednesday and remains in effect until December 23, schools will remain open, but with tighter restrictions on bars, casinos and restaurants. The statewide mask mandate will remain in effect
- Restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops operating at 75% capacity will be reduced to 50% capacity.
- Casinos and video poker establishments may continue to operate at 50% capacity, however gaming positions will be reduced from 75% to 50%, under the guidance established by the Gaming Control Board.
- Bars in parishes with a percent positivity rate of 5% or below that have opted in may continue to operate in the manner they have been with patrons being required to sit at tables, physically distanced from one another at no more than 25% capacity or 50 patrons, whichever is less.
- Bars that are in parishes that exceed 5% positivity for two consecutive weeks will be required to cease serving patrons indoors, but may continue to serve patrons outdoors using the same guidelines, specifically the patrons are required to be seated at tables with table service and are to abide by the same capacity restrictions.
- Athletic events may be held but capacity will be reduced from 50% to 25%, while ensuring social distancing.
- Event centers and reception halls may continue to operate but at 25% capacity or 75 people, whichever is less.
- Crowd sizes shall be limited to no more than 25% capacity as set by the State Fire Marshal with a maximum of 75 people in any single indoor space at the same time.
- Crowd sizes are limited to no more than 25% capacity as set by the State Fire Marshal with a maximum 150 people in any single outdoor space where individuals will be in close proximity to one another and unable to maintain strict social distancing of six feet apart from individuals who are not immediate household members.
- Amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, fairs, indoor children play centers, theme parks, arcades, children museums, and concert and music halls may operate at 25% capacity if the business submits a plan to the State Fire Marshal that is approved.