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 October 26th, 2021, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that the statewide mask mandate will no longer be in effect as of October 27, 2021. Masks are still recommended when indoors, and outdoors when 6 ft. social distancing is not possible. Face masks should properly cover the wearer’s mouth and nose and are recommended indoors at all times unless a person is in their own home.
Masks are still mandated by federal regulation on public transportation and in health care facilities. They are not mandated in most places, including government buildings, college and university campuses and businesses. School districts may opt out of the mask mandate if they choose to, but only if they can continue to adhere to CDC quarantine guidance.
As of October 28th, 2021, masks are highly recommended but not required in St. Tammany Parish public schools. Masks are still required for children and adults on school buses by federal regulation.
The CDC and the Louisiana Department of Health strongly encourage indoor mask wearing in public for all persons aged two and older, especially for those 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 Mask Recommendations.
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.