The Governor has started Phase One in Louisiana, which means more businesses can be open, with some restrictions in place to protect the public and their employees. Additional businesses will be able to re-open in Phase Two.

Business owners should review the updated Phase One order, as this is the best way to determine if a they can open and to refer to guidance from the State Fire Marshal and the Louisiana Department of Health shared on OpenSafely.la.gov. No business is required to register at this site to reopen. Below is an overview of which businesses can be open.

Please note: employees that deal with the public MUST wear face masks when a business is open, all businesses must practice social distancing.

As of May 15:

Essential Business (as defined by the federal government)

Yes

Non-essential retail (sometimes called “gray area” businesses)

Yes, all employees dealing with the public must wear face masks, occupancy is limited to 25%.

Restaurants, cafes, coffee shops

Yes, at 25% occupancy and for takeout and curbside pick up; may continue to conduct outdoor service not limited by 25 percent of indoor capacity so long as strict social distancing is practiced.

Churches and places of worship

Yes, at 25% occupancy, may continue to conduct outdoor service not limited by 25 percent of indoor capacity so long as strict social distancing is practiced.

Casinos and video poker establishments

Yes, as of Monday, May 18, with an approved plan from the Gaming Control Board; at 25% occupancy and with 50% of gaming positions.

Shopping malls

Yes, with an approved plan from State Fire Marshal, with food courts and playgrounds closed, at 25% occupancy.

Gyms and fitness centers

Yes, at 25% occupancy, with enhanced sanitation.

Bars and breweries with LDH food permits

Yes, at 25% occupancy

Bars and breweries without LDH food permits

No

Museums, zoos, aquariums

Yes, at 25% occupancy, with no “tactile” exhibits

 

 

Beauty salons, barber shops, nail salons

Yes, at 25% occupancy and with appropriate protection measures.

Movie theaters

Yes, at 25% occupancy

Racetracks

Yes, with an approved plan by the Louisiana Racing Commission, but not to spectators

Places of amusement, like carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, trampoline parks, arcades, fairs, pool halls, bowling alleys, contact sports, children’s play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, adult entertainment venues, and other similar businesses

 

No

Massage establishments and spas, esthetician services

No

Tattoo parlors

No