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 update 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:
- Effective 3/16/20 Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards issued an updated public health emergency proclamation which requires restaurants to operate only through take out, drive-through or delivery orders. In addition, bars, movie theaters and casinos will be closed until at least April 13th.
- President Donald Trump issued a major disaster declaration for Louisiana on March 24. Read more HERE.
- Jefferson Parish will adhere to the most current announcement limiting gatherings to no more than 50 people, and closing casinos, gyms, health clubs and movie theaters. These measures are necessary as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising stricter measures to better slow the spread of COVID-19.
- The JCVB team remains in contact with our local tourism and hospitality industry partners receiving up-to-date information on the status of their business.
- 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
Local Restaurant Updates
As of March 16, all restaurants are limited to pickup, drive-through and delivery only. We have an updated list of local restaurants open for business. Read it HERE!
The Jefferson Parish Health Department and the Louisiana Department of Health are working with the CDC to maintain strong infectious disease protocols.
Please note, Louisiana is closing bars and limiting restaurants to take-out, delivery or drive-through service only as the state continues to ramp up restrictions to limit the rapid spread of the new coronavirus in the state.
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 the state’s response to the coronavirus situation, visit www.gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/89.
All East Bank and West Bank Jefferson Parish Playgrounds, Satellite Parks, Tot Lots, Play Structures, Tennis Courts and Dog Parks are closed to the public until further notice. Click HERE to see exceptions.
Effective Monday, March 23rd, Grand Isle State Park will be closed to visitors.
Louis Armstrong International Airport
The Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) in coordination with the New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) and the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is currently monitoring impacts of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus across the world. At this time, since we do not have direct service to or from China, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in conjunction with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are providing screening and briefings to travelers from China at their initial domestic ports of entry.
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.
World Health Organization
WHO's primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations' system and to lead partners in global health responses.
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.
Sports ETA is the non-profit trade association for the sport tourism industry in the United States.
Learn more at their website here.
Bayou Segnette State Park
As part of the state’s efforts to combat the current Coronavirus pandemic, Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego is closed to the public, effective immediately. Because of its proximity to New Orleans, the area currently experiencing the most cases of the virus, the park is being staged as a possible overflow isolation area for suspected cases of COVID-19.
“We are committed to assisting with needed services and facilities during this public health crisis,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, whose office oversees Louisiana State Parks. “While we understand that this will inconvenience visitors with reservations at this park, the greater mission right now is to do everything possible to get this virus under control.”
Current visitors will be evacuated from the park, and reservations through April 13 will be canceled. Guests will be contacted by Louisiana State Parks reservations agents regarding cancellations and refunds. All other Louisiana State Parks are open and operating normally for the enjoyment of the public.
Jefferson Parish Canceled/Postponed Events
Due to concerns over COVID-19, the below events have been canceled or postponed throughout Jefferson Parish.
Metairie Road Saint Patrick's Day Parade - March 15, 2020
Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade - March 22, 2020
Gretna Italian-Irish Parade - March 29, 2020
Rivertown Theater's Peter and the Starcatcher
Rivertown Theater's Golden Girls
Rivertown Theater's The Drowsy Chaperone
Tearto Wego! The Complete History of Comedy (unabridged)
Lafreniere Live Spring Concert Series
Cirque du Soleil BAZZAR
Starry Night at Barataria Preserve - March 20, 2020
Spring in the Swamp at Barataria Preserve - April 10-12, 2020
Kenner Italian Heritage Festival - April 3-5
Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival - April 17-19
Zurich Classic - April 20-26
Due to concerns over COVID-19, some Jefferson Parish hotels have chosen to temporarily close. You can find them HERE. As this is a very fluid situation, we encourage you to check our full lists of hotels HERE and reach out directly.
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