City Will Move to ‘Phase 3.1’ Restrictions on Saturday, Oct. 3

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People sing and dance to karaoke on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS – Here are some of the new COVID-19 rules that will take effect at 6 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 when New Orleans enters “phase 3.1” of a multi-phase plan:

  • Restaurants will be able to open with 75% indoor seating and 100% outdoor seating
  • Bars can serve to-go drinks but can’t serve patrons staying at the establishment
  • Alcohol sales at bars and restaurants stops at 11 p.m.
  • Salons and other businesses will be allowed to open at 75% indoor capacity
  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people will be permitted
  • Indoor gatherings will be allowed up to 50 people
  • Masks will still be required when anyone is in public
  • Halloween celebrations will be permitted
  • Haunted houses can apply for operating permits from the state Fire Marshal
  • No decision yet about fans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

If there isn’t a spike of cases, the city will continue to loosen restrictions throughout the month. So look out for news about a “phase 3.2” and “phase 3.3” in the future.

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