Mayor LaToya Cantrell, working in collaboration with the City of
New Orleans’ partners in the hospitality industry, has issued the following
guidelines for bars and restaurants throughout the city in response to the
COVID-19 outbreak. These guidelines are expected to be implemented immediately,
and will be enforced.
- All full-service restaurants
with seating cease operations at 9 p.m. daily. Further they will work to
limit their seating capacity for social distancing whether it is removing
tables/chairs or using a checkerboard type seating pattern to provide more
guest spacing. The goal is to reduce seating by up to 50
percent. Employers will continue to monitor employees and ask
employees to regularly take their own temperature. As supplies allow,
employers will also assist. This goes for beverage/bar servers. Employers
will continue to post signs for enhanced cleaning processes and how to
maintain good health.
- Once the dining room closes, a
restaurant can still offer delivery until its usual closing time.
- The quick-service or
fast-casual establishments can only offer “drive-thru” service
but can be extended to 24 hours if they so choose.
- Bars and nightclubs will cease
service at 12 a.m. daily. They will limit their capacity to up to 50
percent of posted patron limit. Last call will be at 11:15 pm.
Everyone must be out and headed home by 12 am.
- Hotel operations will adhere to
above operating times for their restaurants and bar operations as well as
- Operators will post notice to
patrons that when they depart to please consider returning home.
- Operators will not allow
gathering for waiting for seating, or access purposes. They will implement
use of text messaging to advise if the table is ready.
- Operators will encourage no
public gatherings in any area.
- Once patrons exit the premises
of restaurants or bars, they may not loiter in the street or congregate in
groups outside. This will be enforced city-wide.
- Tour groups will be limited to
groups of no more than seven (7) at a time.