BATON ROUGE, La. (WVUE) - Louisiana has made enough progress in its fight against COVID-19 to loosen some restrictions.
Governor John Bel Edwards announced the changes that will take effect on March 3. Orleans Parish remains in Phase 2.
- Most businesses including restaurants, salons, etc will be allowed to operate at 75% capacity.
- Indoor gatherings will now be allowed at 50% capacity but capped at 250 people.
- Religious services will not have a cap on capacity.
- Gyms/fitness centers will remain at 50% capacity.
- Bars in all parishes can open indoor service at 25% capacity. Parishes with positivity rates below 5% can operate at 50% of indoor service. Alcohol service will still end at 11 p.m.
- Live music will be allowed indoors under guidance from the State Fire Marshal’s office.
- The statewide mask mandate remains in place.
“While we are loosening restrictions, by no means does it mean we are out of the woods. Get your vaccine when it is your turn,” Gov. Edwards said. “No one should think we’re out of the woods. Wear your mask and practice social distancing.”
The governor says the mask mandate is a must because the virus is still spreading and so are mutations of it.
“We also know that there are multiple variants out and about across the country including here in Louisiana,” said Gov. Edwards.
Dr. Joe Kanter, the State Health Officer joined Edwards in warning people not to let their guard down and to continue to adhere to safety precautions like mask-wearing, social-distancing, and hand washing.
“Do not equate the relaxed measures with their being zero risk,” said Kanter.
“And while we’re doing better and while we’re easing restrictions, no one should think that we’re out of the woods,” said Edwards.
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