New Orleans moving to Phase 3.2: See the changes for bars, breweries, indoor live music

When Phase 3.2 goes into effect on Saturday, the move will allow patrons to drink on-site at bars in New Orleans for the first time since July.

New Orleans bars will open for limited outdoor seating following the loosened restrictions, Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Thursday.

The change comes two weeks after the city entered Phase 3.1, which allowed bars to resume sales of take-out drinks after Cantrell shut down bars in July due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

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Under the new rules in Phase 3.2, bars and breweries without food permits can serve drinks outdoors with 25 percent capacity or 50 people, whichever is smaller. Breweries with food permits are allowed indoor seating of 25 percent capacity and outdoor seating of 100 percent capacity or 50 people, whichever is fewer.

On-site consumption and alcohol sales are limited to the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

City officials announced the new provisions for breweries in the Phase 3.2 guidelines because unlike bars, breweries are not eligible to apply for the State’s conditional restaurant permit.

Another significant change in this latest phase of reopening is the allowance of some indoor live music for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

However, there are several restrictions still in place governing how this part of Phase 3.2 is carried out. For instance, live entertainment will not be allowed in bars.

Indoor live entertainment will be allowed with a Special Event Permit in restaurants, indoor event venues and concert halls. Singing, karaoke, and wind-blown instruments are prohibited indoors.

 

 

The reopening phase will also clear the way for expanded seating at several events.

Churches will be able to hold 500 people or allow 50 percent capacity, whichever is less. High school football games played in outdoor stadiums beginning Friday will be able to have as many as 500 fans in attendance or be at 25 percent capacity, whichever is less.

Places like barbershops, salons, libraries and museums are allowed to expand their capacity to 75 percent.

Stay tuned to fox8live.com for the latest updates.

For more information, visit ready.nola.gov/reopening. You can also read the guidelines here.