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 October 8, Gov. Edwards stated that Louisiana will stay in Phase 3, keeping its strong COVID-19 mitigation measures, including a continued statewide mask mandate, in place at least through November 6.
- On September 11, Gov. Edwards outlined COVID-19 restrictions as Louisiana moves cautiously into Phase 3 until October 9.
- On Wednesday, August 26, Gov. John Bel Edwards said he will extend Phase 2 COVID-19 restrictions for two more weeks.
- On August 4, Gov. John Bel Edwards extended the state's current Phase 2 restrictions--including a ban on in-person consumption at bars and a statewide mask mandate--for three more weeks. It will be extended until August 28.
- On July 11, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a mandatory mask requirement for Louisiana and ordered bars in the state closed to on-premises consumption. Starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday, there will be three new restrictions across Louisiana to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. You can read the full proclamation HERE.
- Everyone ages 8 and older must wear a mask or face covering outside of their home.
- All bars will be closed unless providing curbside pickup.
- Indoor social gatherings are limited to 50 people.
- On June 22nd, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana will stay in Phase Two of reopening, as the number of COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations have started to rise in several regions across the state. The Governor will extend his Phase Two order for another 28 days, keeping in place occupancy limits and other restrictions. 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. Learn more 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.
Starting September 23, all bars in Jefferson Parish will be allowed to open for on-premise consumption but must follow guidelines per the Governor’s order. Bars can open at 25 percent capacity or up to 50 patrons indoors for customers seated for tableside service, whichever is less. Outdoor service is also allowed but in no event can the outdoor seated capacity exceed 50 patrons in total. No standing-room capacity is allowed, all drinks must be ordered at a table and delivered by bar staff to the table. All seating of patrons must be socially distanced. No live music will be allowed.
Sale and service of alcohol at bars must end at 11 p.m., with all patrons cleared from the building by 11 p.m. No one under the age of 21 is permitted in any bar. The Governor’s order also prohibits the sale or service of alcohol for on-premises consumption at all establishments, including restaurants and casinos, after 11 p.m.
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.
This order also excludes schools, summer camps and daycares, as they should follow the guidance set forth by the Louisiana Department of Health and the Louisiana Department of Education. CLICK HERE for guidance for childcare and summer schools from the Department of Health. CLICK HERE for school reopening guidelines and resources from the Department of Education.
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 reopened on June 10)
- All non-contact and solo sports, which includes JPRD Youth softball and baseball
- Johnny Jacobs Pool opened 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 began 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 has reopened. However, the Ring Levee Trail, Education Center Trail and Marsh Overlook Trail remain closed due to maintenance. The Visitor Center is closed following guidance from the CDC, state and local health authorities, and NPS.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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
Teatro 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
Uncle Sam Jam - July 3
Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo - July 23-25
Lagniappe Classic Dog Show - July 30 - August 2, 2020
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