State of Louisiana Updates:
As of March 3, 2021, Louisiana is in a modified Phase III of the Roadmap for a Resilient Louisiana, as announced by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced on March 2, 2021. For detailed information about Phase III, click here.
On August 4, 2021, Governor John Bel Edwards reinstated a statewide mask mandate, which has been extended through October 27, 2021 unless extended further. All persons age 5 and up should wear masks indoors, and outdoors when 6 ft. social distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status. Face masks that properly cover the wearer’s mouth and nose should be worn indoors at all times unless a person is in their own home.
Face coverings should be worn by everyone age 5 or older or enrolled in kindergarten, except for the following:
- Anyone who has a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face covering
- Anyone who is consuming a drink or food
- Anyone who is trying to communicate with a person who is hearing impaired
- Anyone who is giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience
- Anyone temporarily removing his or her face covering for identification purposes
Face coverings are highly encouraged for those ages 2 to 4 as tolerated. Children younger than kindergarten age are exempted if they cannot wear a mask. However, the CDC and the Louisiana Department of Health strongly encourage indoor mask wearing in public for all children aged two and older, especially as they are not yet eligible for the COVID vaccine.
For complete details and guidance on masking, click here to view the Governor’s Updated Public Health Emergency Order and Indoor Statewide Mask Mandate.
Louisiana Department of Health additionally issued guidance to the public about large event gatherings during the fourth surge of COVID-19 in Louisiana, including ways to lower risk for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
- Limiting the size of indoor gatherings, moving events outdoors, or hosting meetings and events virtually to reduce the likelihood of COIVD-19 spread.
- All participants of indoor meetings and events should be masked.
- People with underlying health conditions that make them more likely to have severe COVID complications should avoid nonessential trips outside of the home.
- Event hosts and facilities should practice strong sanitation and hygiene practices and provide hand sanitizer for those who need it.
- Spaces should be staged to accommodate at least six feet of distance between guests.
PHASE 3 GUIDELINES FOR RE-OPENING
- It is recommended that businesses review accommodations to reduce transmission among employees.
- All people should get tested after potential exposure and isolate if positive. If negative, retest in 5-7 days or at the onset of symptoms.
- Event centers, arenas and venues that host larger gatherings will operate at 75% of their capacity with social distancing or 100% capacity with masks required. Waiting rooms, lobbies and other common areas may open to the public while maintaining social distancing.
- There are no capacity restrictions on outdoor events. Event organizers may set their own requirements.
- Restaurants may open for dine-in service with no capacity limits, with tables spaced 6ft apart. Waiting areas may open with social distancing. All buffets and food stations may normal operations with social distancing between guests.
- Churches and places of worship will have no capacity limits. Social distancing and masks are recommended. Churches may set their own requirements.
- As of March 31, 2021, all bars in St. Tammany Parish can operate with no capacity limits, and service over the bar is allowed. Guests shall return to their tables for consumption. Guest seating is limited to tables only.
- Sporting events will operate at 75% of their capacity with maximum social distancing or 100% capacity with masks required. There are no restrictions on the capacity of outdoor sporting events. Alcohol sales are permitted at sporting events. Event attendees must return to their seats for consumption.
- Crowd sizes shall be limited to no more than 75% capacity in an indoor space at the same time. If a business requires guests to wear face coverings throughout the event, the business may increase its occupancy to 100% of the total occupancy.
- Standards for all industries during each phase of re-opening are available on OpenSafely.
- Click here to read the full order.
- View St. Tammany Parish's Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan.
- St. Tammany Parish business operation safety guidelines can be found at Sttammanysafe.com.