The Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (JCVB) is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) through engagement with local and state health department officials as well the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to stay abreast of this rapidly evolving situation.
As you develop your upcoming travel plans, we encourage you to follow healthy travel practices, especially during flu season, and reference the resources below from the CDC, WHO and industry organizations, as well as updates from our local industry partners.
The JCVB will work diligently to update our calendar of events as we receive information on postponements and cancellations. In an effort to inform our visitors and residents, provided below is an update on closures and recommended precautions:
We ask visitors and residents to take the necessary precautions and follow guidelines set forth by the CDC including the following:
- Increase frequency in wiping down surfaces
- Providing hand sanitizer in common areas for guests and visitors
- Washing hands frequently and properly
- Wear masks when in public
- Practice social distancing
- On February 11, 2021, Gov. John Bel Edwards extended Phase 2 restrictions. Louisiana will stay in the current modified version of Phase 2 at least through March 3, 2021. Under the new rules, gatherings will be limited to 75 indoors and 150 outdoors, or 25% occupancy at event spaces. Restaurants, retailers and other businesses will move from 75% to 50% occupancy. Bars in parishes with over 5% test positivity must close to indoor consumption unless they have a restaurant conditional permit, in which case they can operate at 50%.
- On Thursday, January 28, 2021 Governor John Bel Edwards announced the launch of COVID Defense, Louisiana’s exposure notification mobile application for Google and Android phones to slow the spread of COVID-19. Learn more HERE.
- On July 11, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a mandatory mask requirement for Louisiana. You can read the full proclamation HERE.
The Jefferson Parish Health Department and the Louisiana Department of Health are working with the CDC to maintain strong infectious disease protocols.
Citizens looking for information about COVID-19 can dial 211 or text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information about the outbreak as it becomes available. Jefferson Parish residents can also text JPALERT to 888-777 for real-time local updates. For updates on Jefferson Parish's response to the coronavirus situation and more, visit their COVID-19 Dashboard HERE
The Jefferson Parish Government is dedicated to assisting our business owners with best practices and outreach. The COVID Compliance – See It, Say It Form has been activated for you to report all your concerns with local businesses. They will collect your complaints and work with our partner agencies to have them addressed.
Click for TESTING SITES.
The Louisiana Department of Health is coordinating the COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort in Louisiana. As more vaccines become available from the CDC, more individuals and groups will be offered a vaccination.
Limited amounts of COVID vaccines will be available beginning January 4, 2021 at some local locations.
Click HERE for more.
Jefferson Parish will provide free meals to seniors and those most vulnerable to COVID-19 through a partnership with the federal government. CLICK HERE to apply (the application period will remain open until the program reaches capacity).
Residents are encouraged to call the Jefferson Parish COVID-19 Meal Assistance Program Hotline at (504) 736-6162 or apply online at www.jeffparish.net. Applications will be evaluated and approved on a first-come, first-served basis.
The program is scheduled to begin distribution on Feb. 22. Meals will be delivered via contactless home deliveries for those who are unable to pick up meals from a designated location. Meals will be inspired by recipes from local restaurants. The locally inspired well-balanced meals are composed of a protein, starch or grain, vegetable, one piece of fruit, a nutritional snack and a beverage and will be delivered frozen with instructions for heating. Restaurants that are interested in participating can contact the program’s Community Outreach Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See below for current COVID -19 Guidelines:
- Up to 25% occupancy with social distancing and mask mandates: Sporting Events
- Up to 50% occupancy with social distancing and mask mandates: Gyms/fitness centers, Restaurants/coffee shops/cafes, Casinos/video poker, Non-essential retail
- Up to 75% occupancy with social distancing and mask mandates: Churches/houses of worship
- Bars are closed to indoor consumption but can allow outdoor seating up to 50 people, seated and spaced apart and masks mandated
- Reduced in gathering sizes at Reception Halls/Event Centers: Indoors, limited to 25% occupancy, masks required, up to 75 people
- Outdoors, limited to 25% occupancy, masks required, up to 150 people, where social distancing is not possible
- All private and public employers should consider maximizing the use of telework.
See below for Jefferson Parish Parks and Recreation Department Modifications:
- All youth sports at the playgrounds are suspended beginning Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 p.m. Activities will resume under the new guidelines on Monday, December 7, 2020. This includes Biddy and intramural basketball team tryouts, tennis, and rugby.
- The West Bank playground tackle football championships will take place on Saturday, November 28, 2020 as planned with modified times and locations to adhere to the new Phase 2 guidelines. Times and locations are TBD.
- All individuals, groups and organizations that have rented JPRD facilities, including Lafreniere Park, Parc de Families, LaSalle Park, and Bucktown Marina, through December 23, 2020 will be notified of the new Phase 2 guidelines and will be asked to provide a letter describing how their rental activity will adhere to the new Phase 2 guidelines.
- All Leisure Service activities are suspended beginning Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Activities will resume under the new Phase 2 guidelines on Monday, December 7, 2020. This includes classes, Golden Age and Special Needs Programming.
Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng issued an emergency proclamation on Monday, June 29th. The public is required to wear masks inside all businesses and public places within Jefferson Parish. The order will begin on Wednesday, July 1st, and has no end date.
People in Jefferson Parish must wear face coverings when they are in the high-risk situations listed below:
- Masks are required inside any indoor public space, including but not limited to restaurants, retail, spas and places of worship.
- Masks are required upon entering and exiting a restaurant or bar but not while sitting at a table.
- Masks are required upon entering and exiting a gym but not while exercising.
- Masks are required in any room or an enclosed area where other people are present and unable to physically distance.
- Masks are required while walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators and parking facilities.
- Masks are required while riding on public transportation or paratransit.
The following individuals are exempt from wearing a mask or face covering:
- Children younger than two years old.
- Individuals with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering.
The Jefferson Parish Transit Department (JeT) requires all riders to continue to wear a face-covering or mask upon boarding, JeT has reinstated fare collection and installed barrier shields to protect the riders and drivers. Click HERE for additional information.
National & State Parks
The Barataria Preserve is open.
Grand Isle State Park is open.
Bayou Segnette State Park is open.
Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn has issued a proclamation making it mandatory that masks be worn inside all commercial and public buildings.
The emergency proclamation includes the following exemptions:
- Children under the age of 2
- Anyone with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that limits their ability to wear a mask
- People who are hearing impaired or communicating with someone who is hearing impaired
- Anyone who would face a work-related risk by wearing a mask on the job
- Anyone obtaining a service involving the nose or face that would require the temporary removal of the mask
Gretna will join unincorporated Jefferson Parish and the city of Kenner in requiring people to wear masks when inside commercial and public buildings. The mask mandate will go into effect on Wednesday on July 15th.
Local Restaurant Updates
Restaurants are allowed to offer dine-in services if they limit indoor table service to 50% of their capacity. We have an updated list of local restaurants open for business HERE.
Shopping malls (including food courts) are allowed to be open to the public at 50% of their State Fire Marshal capacity. Shopping centers, boutiques and retailers are taking the necessary steps to ensure a safe and healthy exchange in hopes of providing a bit of “retail therapy.”
Louis Armstrong International Airport
MSY Travel Ready is a strategic and comprehensive plan that outlines the precautions the airport and its partners are taking to provide a safe and healthy travel journey. This plan is a coordinated effort to adapt airport facilities and operations based on CDC and other health expert recommendations to protect passengers and employees against the spread of COVID-19 and other germs during their time at the airport.
Port of New Orleans
The safety and health of passengers, crew members and staff are top priorities for the Port of New Orleans. They are following the lead of the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to take all precautionary measures necessary. They continue to actively monitor the evolving situation and are in constant communication with public health agencies and industry partners.
Center for Disease Control
As the nation's health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health, safety, and security threats.
Learn more at their website here.
U.S. Travel Association
U.S. Travel is the national, non-profit organization representing and advocating for all components of the travel industry. Visit their official website here.
American Hotel & Lodging Association
The American Hotel & Lodging Association is an indispensable resource serving, supporting and advocating on behalf of the American hospitality industry. Hotels already follow strict guidelines and protocols designed to help prevent spread of diseases from the flu to less common illnesses, and AHLA will continue to monitor the latest developments tied to this virus issued by government and health officials. Read more here.
Meetings Mean Business
Meetings Mean Business is an industry-wide coalition to showcase the undeniable value that business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences and conventions bring to people, businesses and communities. Visit their website here.
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