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:
- Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards announced Monday, June 1, that Louisiana will move into Phase 2 of reopening. The new rules take effect June 5 and run for three weeks, like the first phase. Under the second phase, businesses like restaurants, retailers and other businesses that have been operating at 25% capacity for the past two weeks can up their capacity to 50%. Bars can operate at 25% capacity of seated occupants, according to Edwards, the first time bars without food permits have been allowed to operate since mid-March. Casinos can go to 50% capacity with 75% of gaming positions operating, if they get plans approved by the Gaming Control Board. The second phase also allows pool halls, bowling alleys, tattoo parlors, recreational pools and spas to reopen with additional restrictions. Lean more HERE.
- Jefferson Parish will adhere to the most current announcement by Governor Jon Bel Edwards. 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
- Wear masks when in public
- Practice social distancing
Local Restaurant Updates
As of June 5th, 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.
Local Retail Stores Offering Curbside Service
Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards moved Louisiana into Phase 2 reopening on June 5th. 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.”
Lakeside Shopping Center will reopen on Tuesday, May 19th with reduced mall hours: Monday through Saturday 11am – 7pm and Sundays Noon – 6pm. The Kids’ Castle Play Area will remain closed at this time. The mall food court is open for to-go and curbside. Orders may be placed at the counters, but the dining area is closed. Full details of store openings, as well as existing curbside services can be found at the shopping center's website.
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 the state’s response to the coronavirus situation, visit www.gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/89.
Jefferson Parish will begin Phase 1 reopening on Friday, May 15th. You can learn more HERE.
The Jefferson Parish Parks and Recreation Department (JPRD) facilities and programs that are open during Phase Two include the following (visit www.JPRD.org for more information):
- Tennis Courts, Batting Cages, Dog Parks, Fishing Piers, Disc Golf and Boardwalks
- Fields and open green space (under social distancing guidelines)
- Outdoor restrooms, outdoor water fountains, outdoor exercise equipment and Tot Lots (to be cleaned and sanitized during open hours)
- Shelters, meeting rooms/rental reservations and bookings will resume on June 5 at JPRD facilities; facility reservations will be limited to 50% capacity
- Carousel and Spray Parks open at 50% capacity (note: Lafreniere Park currently closed under construction; Parc de Families Spray Park will reopen on June 10)
- All non-contact and solo sports, which includes JPRD Youth softball and baseball with the first game on June 15
- Johnny Jacobs Pool will open on June 13 for lap swimming, water aerobics, family reservations for controlled recreational swim (swim lessons will not be offered during Phase Two)
- Concession Stands are open to serve packaged items and bottled drinks only
- Summer Camps started on June 1; Enrichment Camps begin on July 6, JPRD Leisure Services Classes will resume at 50% of their enrollment capacity.
JPRD facilities and programs to remain closed during Phase Two:
- All contact sports, including outdoor basketball goals
- All senior programs, including Golden Age programming
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 of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park is still closed to visitors.
Grand Isle State Park is open for overnight stays.
Bayou Segnette State Park remains closed until further notice.
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.
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
Grand Isle Music Festival - June 6
Lagniappe Classic Dog Show - July 30 - August 2, 2020
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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