After Sustained Improvement in Vaccinations and COVID-19-Related Hospitalizations, Gov. Edwards Eases Some COVID-19 Restrictions, Keeps Statewide Mask Mandate

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BATON ROUGE – Some restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, including strict occupancy restrictions for bars and restaurants, will be eased this week following sustained improvements in COVID-19 hospitalizations and vaccinations, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced today, Tuesday, March 30.

Social distancing of 6 feet will still be required in businesses and Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate remains in place.

The order runs for 28 days and expires April 28.

The Governor’s updated order removes the limitations on when bars and restaurants may serve alcohol, defaulting to local ordinances. People younger than 21 are still not allowed inside bars and bars are only allowed to provide patrons with socially distanced seated service, under the new order.

Salons and beauty shops, gyms and fitness centers, malls and casinos also will not have capacity limits, though social distancing and the mask mandate remain in place along with any other additional measures that may be required by the State Fire Marshal.

Businesses and venues that host larger gatherings, like receptions halls, will remain capped at 50 percent of their capacity, with a maximum gathering size of not more than 500 people indoors and strict social distancing.

Outdoor events will be capped at 50 percent capacity and social distancing is also required. Some events may require prior approval by the State Fire Marshal. Businesses should visit OpenSafely.La.gov for more information.

Indoor and outdoor sporting events will be limited to 50 percent of their capacity, with social distancing. Masks are required under all circumstances.

  • Click here to read the order.
  • Click here to view the data about cases, hospitalizations and deaths across Louisiana.
  • Click here for information about COVID-19 vaccines and where to get them in Louisiana.

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