The city of New Orleans will enact new restrictions on gathering and introduce capacity limits for the next three weeks due to a spike in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations, according to a statement from the mayor's office.
Daily new cases throughout the city jumped by more than 200 after hovering around 30 for most of the fall months. The percentage of positive tests also ballooned past 10% after being around 5% for the past two weeks, the statement notes.
The restrictions go into effect Friday at 6 a.m. and include:
- Gatherings and special events are not allowed except for people living together in a single household.
- Indoor activities are reduced to 25% of permitted occupancy.
- All sporting events, both indoor and outdoor, are reduced to 4% of permitted occupancy.
- Outdoor tables at bars, breweries or restaurants will be limited to six people, also restricted to those from the same household.
“With vaccines coming but our Covid-19 numbers rising, these next few weeks will be a defining moment in the history of our response to this pandemic,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in the statement. “These restrictions are for the short term, but they are in place for a reason. We must work together as a collective force to once again flatten the curve and bring our cases under control. I know we can do this, and I believe in our people to get it done.”