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New Orleans: Modified Phase Two

The rollercoaster continues as we move back to a Modified Phase Two because COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are decreasing. This is great news for all of the entire New Orleans community, but especially for local businesses.  This means there will increased capacity limits and gathering restrictions just in time for the Mardi Gras Holiday.  

I want to thank our residents for doing the hard work of flattening the curve for a third time. We have done a commendable job of lowering our COVID-19 case rate over the past several weeks. However, this does not mean that we can let our guard down at all. This is a pivotal moment for us to keep the momentum going, and to do that we must all mask up, practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings. Everyone has a part to play in this effort, and everyone has a stake in our collective success. ~ Mayor LaToya Cantrell

COVID 19 New Orleans Modified Phase Two

Modified Phase Two Changes

The Modified Phase Two will begin in Orleans Parish at 6 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, with the following major changes:

  • Most sectors will be allowed to resume to 50% capacity, including restaurants, retail establishments, office buildings, etc.
    • Bars are not included in this category, who by State regulations are still required to be closed indoors
  • Social gatherings are limited to 10 individuals indoors and 25 individuals outdoors, with masks and social distancing required
  • Timed, seated events are limited to 50% 
  • Click HERE to See all Gathering Size Information

By seriously restricting the interaction between people in New Orleans over the last three weeks, we have seen an improvement in all of the metrics we’re watching. ~Dr. Jennifer Avegno

The new guidelines for Modified Phase Two also include live entertainment rules and permitting that are based on national research and engagement with local stakeholders in the musician and venue communities.  All live entertainment will still require a permit; however, a new and simple permit has been developed for porch concerts and will be granted at no charge. Indoor live entertainment is allowed in restaurants and event venues, although singing and wind-blown instruments continues to be banned indoors. Outdoor live entertainment will be allowed with an audience of up to 25 members (drive-in events will be allowed up to 25 households). In all settings, masks and social distancing are required by both performers and audience members. More information is available at

For a full list of current guidelines please visit the website here.

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

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