The Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (JCVB) continues to monitor 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).
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.
Jefferson Parish is OPEN for visitors! We welcome you to visit Jefferson Parish and experience our great outdoors, historic districts, shopping and entertainment venues. As a family friendly destination, we encourage you to bring the entire family! Effective April 28, 2021, Louisiana has lifted the mask mandate with some exceptions. On May 26, 2021 by proclamation of Governor John Bel Edwards, restrictions were further eased. Exceptions are as follows: while on public transit, K-12 schools and summer programs, early childhood education centers, colleges and universities, and healthcare facilities. Private businesses and local government will issue mask requirements respectively. Effective Thursday, July 29, 2021 everyone is required to wear a mask or face covering (vaccinated and unvaccinated) when entering/doing business in a Jefferson Parish government building as Jefferson Parish is combats rising numbers in covid-19/Delta variant cases.
As our destination opens, so too does our attractions, restaurants, entertainment venues and conference centers. We are working hard along side our partners to ensure you experience a safe and fun visit to our destination. Our partners have taken the Clean & Safe Pledge to demonstrate their commitment to your well being. We continue to update our calendar of events as more attractions and events become available and look forward to welcoming you! In an effort to inform our visitors and residents, provided below is an update on closures and recommended precautions:
We encourage visitors and residents to take the necessary precautions and follow guidelines set forth by the CDC and/or state of Louisiana, 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 where required in public
- Practice social distancing
July 23, 2021, In response to a fourth surge in Covid-19 cases in Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced updated guidance from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH)
UPDATED GUIDANCE FROM LDH
In light of sharply increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations throughout Louisiana, and as the nation learns more about the transmission dynamics of Delta breakthrough cases, today the Louisiana Department of Health recommends additional layers of protection for all residents, regardless of vaccination status. This updated guidance includes:
All people – vaccinated and unvaccinated – should wear face masks while indoors if six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.
All businesses should review their operations to accommodate employees in a way that reduces unnecessary contact to avoid the spread of COVID in the workplace.
All people should take a COVID test immediately after a known or suspected exposure to COVID-19.
If positive, they should isolate immediately.
If negative, they should retest again between five and seven days post-exposure.
If they develop symptoms of COVID-19 at any point they should test and immediately isolate pending the results.
This guidance will remain in place at least until Louisiana is safely out of its fourth COVID-19 surge, with additional guidance and mitigation measures put in place if and when necessary to slow the spread of the more contagious and virulent Delta variant and preserve hospital capacity.
- On May 25, 2021 Gov. John Bel Edwards by means of Proclamation further relaxed restrictions on face coverings within the state of Louisiana. The new regulations will go into effect March 26, 2021 continuing through June 23, 2021 unless otherwise mandated by the Governor's office prior to or extending thereof. Read the full Proclamation HERE.
- Effective April 28, 2021 COVID-19 restrictions will be eased, including the removal of the mask mandate. Exceptions will include while on public transit and in state government buildings, K-12 schools, early childhood education centers, colleges and universities, and healthcare facilities. Mask policies will be made by local government and private businesses-please click HERE to read the full proclamation.
- On March 31, 2021 Gov. John Bel Edwards by means of Proclamation removed restrictions on capacity for bars, restaurants, gyms, salons, malls, and casinos. Capacity restrictions remain in place for event venues, sporting events and/or sporting venues, outdoor events/gatherings. Face coverings are required and social distancing of six feet is required. Read the full Proclamation HERE
- On March 2, 2021 Gov. John Bel Edwards moved the state into Phase 3 of the reopening plan, allowing bars to open statewide and letting most businesses operate at 75% capacity. The new rules take effect Wednesday, March 3 and last for 28 days, Edwards said. Restaurants and most other businesses will be allowed to expand from 50% occupancy to 75%. Bars will be able to open at 25% occupancy indoors in all parishes, or 50% if their parish has seen 5% or less percent positivity--the share of COVID tests coming back positive. Event centers will be allowed to host gatherings of 50% occupancy or 250 people.
- 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
Click for TESTING SITES. Note: The COVID-19 test site at the Alario Center will be moved to Harold McDonald Sr. Park (900 Drake Ave., Westwego, LA 70094) effective Monday, June 7, 2021. This walk-up site will be open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
See below for COVID -19 Guidelines within the state of Louisiana:
- Effective May 26, 2021 the state mask mandate restrictions will be further relaxed lifting such mandate for state government buildings.
- Effective Wednesday, April 28 the state-wide mask mandate will be lifted with the exceptions being while on public transit and in state government buildings, K-12 schools, early childhood education centers, colleges and universities, and healthcare facilities.
- Mask policies will be made by local government and private businesses.
- Theaters, event spaces, festivals and fairs and other outdoor events, there will be no limitations on outdoor capacity. Social distancing and masking are still recommended by both the state of Louisiana and the CDC.
- Indoors, a facility may choose to operate at 75 percent capacity while enforcing six feet of social distancing or at 100 percent capacity with masking required and enforced.
- For live music, new regulations will require 10 feet of space between the stage and the audience and crowds must be seated.
- Bars will still only be open to those 21 and older.
Visit OpenSafely.La.gov. to view and download documents with guidelines for all entities, indoor and outdoors.
Click for VACCINE SITES in Jefferson Parish
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 email@example.com.
Emergency Rental Assistance
Jefferson Parish has launched an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to serve eligible persons who lack sufficient income or resources to pay rent due to COVID-19. Click HERE to view eligibility requirements and to apply.
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.
Local Restaurant Updates
Restaurants are allowed to offer dine-in services. 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 100% of their State Fire Marshal capacity. Masks/facial coverings are not required to enter the mall. However, individual retailers reserve the right to mandate if mask/facial covering is required on premise, please check for requirements and adhere to policy. 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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