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Back Peddling To Phase Two

It was only 15 days ago that New Orleans reached Phase 3.3, but now we are back to Phase Two. On the day before Thanksgiving, November 25, 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards revised Phase two requirements begins for the state of Louisiana. The City of New Orleans has also provided guidelines for New Orleans to help the residents and visitors to understand the latest rules and regulations. 


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Masks Required

  • Masks are required in public.
  • Masks are required when around anyone outside of your household. 
  • Masks are not required when engaged in outdoor personal exercise, athletic competition, or when actively eating or drinking. 

Social Distancing Required

  • All activities allowed in the Revised Phase Two must include strict social distancing.
  • Businesses, residents, and visitors should ensure 6 feet distance between groups of people who do not live together. 
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Gathering Sizes

  • Indoor social gatherings are limited to 25% occupancy up to 75 people
  • Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 25% occupancy up to 150 people.
  • Masks and social distancing required.
  • Gatherings not at a permitted special event venue must obtain a special event permit from the City.

Open Safely

  • All businesses and organizations in Orleans Parish must register with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal at to receive sector-specific guidelines for reopening and a certificate of Acknowledgement of Registration, which must be posted at all entrances.

Live Entertainment and Special Events

  • Outdoor live entertainment is  allowed with a Special Event Permit.
  • Indoor live entertainment is allowed with a Special Event Permit or a Certificate of Recognition at certain venue types. 
  • Indoor live entertainment is not allowed at bars or breweries.
  • Singing, karaoke, and wind-blown instruments are allowed outdoors but prohibited indoors.
  • See details on live entertainment permitting.

Alcoholic Beverages

  • Alcohol sales at restaurants must be accompanied by food sales.
  • Restaurants and event venues can serve alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Restaurants, bars, and event venues can serve to-go alcohol between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Packaged liquor sales in the French Quarter and CBD (Mississippi River, the center line of Esplanade Ave., the center line of Rampart St., and the center line of Common St.) limited to the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Allowed to Open at 50% Capacity

Allowed to Open with Additional Restrictions

Not Allowed in Revised Phase Two

  • Amusement parks
  • Fairs and festivals
  • Arcades
  • Indoor playground and play centers
  • Second lines and parades
  • Dance clubs

Find out everything that is going on throughout New Orleans during Phase Two and beyond at

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