Louisiana coronavirus reopening, Phase I: What’s open and what’s closed?

May 11, 2020–New Orleans

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday that Louisiana will move into Phase 1 reopening on May 15. Phase 1 is hoped to last 21 days until June 5, when the state could move into Phase 2. The order when issued later this week will also lift the 10-person gathering restriction but require all employees working with the public to wear masks.

Edwards encouraged those vulnerable individuals to stay home as much as possible.

  • Aquariums: open to the public at 25% of their capacity, with no organized tours and no tactile exhibits.
  • Barbers: open at 25% capacity with social distancing.
  • Bars: that hold state food service certificate will be able to do or take-out and delivery of food and alcohol and dine-in seating indoor services at 25% of their capacity; outside not crowd size limitations if social distancing practiced. No on-site consumption will be allowed if not seated at State Fire Marshal approved seating.
  • All non-essential business and all non-closed businesses: open to the public at 25% of capacity.
  • Casinos and video poker: open at no more than 25% of their capacity and gaming positions; guidance coming from Gaming Control Board.
  • Children’s museums: Remain closed.
  • Churches: indoor services at 25% of their capacity; outside not crowd size limitations if social distancing practiced.
  • Funerals: indoor services at 25% of their capacity; outside not crowd size limitations if social distancing practiced.
  • Gyms and fitness centers: open at 25% of their capacity; guidance coming on social distancing and sanitization.
  • Hair salons: open at 25% capacity with social distancing.
  • Malls: Anchor stores of shopping malls with exterior doors accessible by the public will be allowed to be open to the public at 25% capacity.
  • Malls: Interior mall stores can continue to offer their goods for sale to the public for curbside delivery only.
  • Massage parlors: Remain closed
  • Movie theaters: open to the public at 25% capacity; guidance coming on social distancing and sanitization.
  • Museums: open to the public at 25% of their capacity, with no organized tours and no tactile exhibits.
  • Nail salons: open at 25% capacity with social distancing.
  • Public Amusement locations: Remain closed
  • Racetracks: open for races without spectators only if approved by the Louisiana Racing Commission.
  • Restaurants, coffee shops, and cafes: open for indoor table service at 25% of their capacity; outdoor seating if social distancing practiced.
  • Spas: Remain closed
  • Tattoo parlors: Remain closed
  • Weddings: indoor services at 25% of their capacity; outside not crowd size limitations if social distancing practiced.
  • Youth baseball camps: not prohibited in previous orders, allowed with social distancing.
  • Youth summer camps: not prohibited in previous orders, allowed with social distancing.
  • Youth sleepover camps: Remain closed
  • Zoos: open to the public at 25% of their capacity, with no organized tours and no tactile exhibits.

How this will positively impact our company and the live entertainment industry is yet to be known, as we are not included, and have not been included in any conversations.

We are however looking forward to presenting music and entertainment services as soon as it is safe to do so.

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