Mayor Cantrell Announces New Vaccine Requirements in Response to COVID Surge

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As officials work to combat the surge in COVID-19 cases, including the more contagious Delta variant, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell today (Aug. 12) announced new measures that will go into effect Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, including providing proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result to participate in activities with a higher risk of COVID transmission, including indoor dining and bars, indoor gyms and fitness, indoor entertainment and large outdoor events.

This is in addition to the indoor mask mandate already in place in Orleans Parish.

Anyone 12 years of age and older, including employees, must provide proof of at least one dose of an approved COVID vaccine or negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours to access:

INDOOR DINING

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Breweries, microbreweries, distilleries & micro-distilleries

INDOOR FITNESS

  • Gyms
  • Indoor group fitness centers or individual fitness classes

INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & PERFORMANCE SPACES

  • Indoor sports complexes, stadiums & arenas
  • Concert & music halls
  • Event spaces such as hotel ballrooms, event venues & reception halls
  • Pool halls, bowling alleys, indoor play centers, arcades, skating rinks, indoor playgrounds & arcades
  • Adult live performance venues
  • Casinos, racetracks & video poker establishments
  • Indoor amusement facilities

LARGE OUTDOOR EVENTS

  • Outdoor events of more than 500 people if total attendance is more than 50% of the outdoor venue’s capacity.

To prove vaccination status, individuals can use the LA Wallet app; an original, digital photograph, or photocopy of CDC vaccination cards (both sides); or an official vaccine record issued by another state, foreign nation or the World Health Organization.

See the full guidelines at ready.nola.gov/restrictions. Window signs for businesses as well as a detailed handout on how to check for vaccination status and negative tests are also available on the website.