Some restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, including strict occupancy restrictions for bars and restaurants, will be eased this week, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced today (March 30, 2021). Social distancing of six feet will still be required in businesses and Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate remains in place.
“At this point in the pandemic, our three best tools for slowing the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our hospitals operational are vaccinations, masks and distance,” Gov. Edwards said. Saying, “We aren’t yet out of the woods” Gov. Edwards added “Vaccination is the best way we have to put this pandemic in our rearview mirror.”
The Governor’s updated order removes the limitations on when bars and restaurants may serve alcohol, defaulting to local ordinances. People younger than 21 are still not allowed inside bars and bars are only allowed to provide patrons with socially distanced seated service, under the new order.
Salons and beauty shops, gyms and fitness centers, malls and casinos also will not have capacity limits. However, businesses and venues that host larger gatherings, like receptions halls, will remain capped at 50 percent of their capacity, with a maximum gathering size of not more than 500 people indoors and strict social distancing. Outdoor events will be capped at 50 percent capacity and some events may require prior approval by the State Fire Marshal. Indoor and outdoor sporting events will be limited to 50 percent of their capacity.