The City of New Orleans has loosened restrictions and updated guidelines as the COVID-19 vaccinations increase and other, negative numbers such as fatalities and positivity rates continue to decrease. Currently, Orleans Parish’s positivity rate is 0.8%, with an average of 19 cases per day. Also, 35.8% of its residents have been fully vaccinated, with 42.9% having received the first dose. That translates into 44.8% percent of eligible residents vaccinated, with 53.7% getting the first dose.

The City will not be changing its mask mandate at this time but is raising gathering limits to 250 indoors and 500 outdoors, with masks and distancing required in both settings. Most establishments and retail sectors currently at 75% capacity will increase to 100%, as long as residents continue to practice social distancing and wearing masks. Gyms and stadium guidelines will remain the same for the time being, as these settings pose a higher risk of transmission.

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