New Orleans Entering ‘Phase 3.3’ on Wednesday

Virus Outbreak Music Venues
In this Oct. 26, 2020 photo, a bar inside a closed Tipitina’s music club is converted to a window service coffee shop for revenue during the COVID pandemic, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS – The city will enter “phase 3.3” of its coronavirus reopening plan on Wednesday, said Mayor LaToya Cantrell at a Monday morning press conference.

Under the new rules, bars will be allowed to seat customers indoors at 25% of their normal capacity. The total number of people allowed inside is 50. 100% of capacity will be allowed outdoors up to 50 people.

Indoor weddings, funerals and other events will be allowed to have 100 people but attendees must wear masks and stay six feet apart. Caps on crowd size at outdoor events will be increased to 150 people.

The news comes as the U.S. is experiencing a third wave of increased coronavirus cases. Outbreaks in the Midwest have nudged the country’s daily count of new cases higher than 120,000. Louisiana, however, is not seeing the same spike.

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