Monday, the City of New Orleans announced that it will move to Phase 3.3 in its Safe Reopening Plan on Wednesday, Nov. 11, which will bring local restrictions more closely in line with the State of Louisiana Phase Three policies. The City also provided updated information on ongoing testing options and preparations for an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. 

New changes in Phase 3.3 include increased gathering sizes and indoor seating for bars and breweries: 

  • Indoor gatherings (like weddings and funerals) will now be allowed to have a maximum of 100 people who are masked and socially distanced. 
  • Outdoor gatherings (like weddings and funerals) will now be allowed to have a maximum of 150 people who are masked and socially distanced. 
  • Bars and breweries will now be allowed to have 25% of indoor seating capacity with a maximum of 50 individuals and 100% of outdoor seating capacity with a maximum of 50 individuals, all of whom must be masked and socially distanced.  

Some additional changes were made to restrictions on trade shows, conferences, carriage tours, and adult performance venues. Additionally, the Department of Safety and Permits and the New Orleans Health Department have created new guidelines for special events and live entertainment along with an easier process for seeking approval, which will be made available Wednesday.

Phase 3.3 details are available at ready.nola.gov/reopening.

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