June 04, 2020
Phase 2 for Restaurants and Bars
On June 1, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that following continued improvement in Louisiana’s COVID-19 outlook and a significant increase in testing capacity and contact tracing, Louisiana is ready to move to Phase 2 of the White House’s reopening strategy on June 5.
Gov. Edwards signed the official order for Phase 2 of a Resilient Louisiana Thursday evening, with guidance being issued to individual industries and businesses via the OpenSafely.la.gov website.
In Phase 2, churches, places of worship and many more businesses will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity with social distancing, masks for public-facing employees and increased sanitation. In addition, the state strongly recommends that businesses consider offering temperature checks before a person can enter and posting the symptoms of COVID-19 outside with a request that symptomatic individuals not enter. Phase 2 in Louisiana will last at least 21 days.
OVERVIEW OF BUSINESSES THAT CAN OPEN:
Businesses that will be able to open at 50 percent occupancy include:
Casinos and video poker establishments may open at 50 percent occupancy, but limited to 75 percent of their gaming positions, with spacing to allow for social distancing and with enhanced sanitation. Plans must be submitted to the Gaming Control Board which will issue guidance to these facilities. Bars and breweries that do not have LDH food permits will be able to open with strict social distancing requirements and patrons seated at 25 percent occupancy. Arcades and trampoline parks may open under approved plans by the State Fire Marshal, with minors accompanied by parents. Summer camps were allowed to open with restrictions in Phase One, and additional guidance will be issued. Sleep-away camps are not allowed in Phase Two.
The following businesses remain closed: carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, fairs, contact sports, children’s indoor play centers, theme parks, concert and music halls, and other similar businesses. Live entertainment is not permitted inside any building or indoor function.