NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell announced Wednesday that the city will fall back to a modified Phase 1.
The announcement came as the COVID-positivity rate in Orleans Parish jumped to 10.4%. That’s up from 5.5 percent.
There have been more than 21,000 positive cases of Coronavirus and 685 deaths.
Due to the increase, Mayor Cantrell issued stricter COVID-19 restrictions beginning on Friday, January 8 at 6 a.m. The modified Phase 1 will be in effect for three weeks.
All business will be limited to 25% capacity indoors and gatherings will be limited to people inside of your household.
All sporting events will also be reduced to 4% capacity.
“With vaccines coming but our COVID-19 numbers rising, these next few weeks will be a defining moment in the history of our response to this pandemic. That’s why we need everyone in our community to take this change in COVID-19 restrictions very seriously. We are in a precarious situation, one that will not get better unless we have everyone on board,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “These restrictions are for the short term, but they are in place for a reason. We must work together as a collective force to once again flatten the curve and bring our cases under control. I know we can do this, and I believe in our people to get it done.”
In addition to the mayor’s announcement of new restrictions, city officials also announced that the city will be extending their Parklet Pilot program that promotes outdoor drinking and dining options during the pandemic. The program offers water-filled barricades for all applicants and up to $2000 in grants towards parklet expenses including heaters.
Application fees for the Parklet Pilot Program will be waived through March 31.
To apply for the program and learn about the guidelines for the program, visit nola.gov/parklet.
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