New Orleans begins "Modified Phase One" today


The city of New Orleans this morning fell back to Phase One -- a modified version of the one the city went to at the end of the stay-at-home order last May.

The move to more restrictions comes as case numbers climb.

"Every metric we've been tracking to see how the spread of COVID indicates a major community outbreak in New Orleans," said New Orleans Health Dept. Director Dr. Jennifer Avegno. "Our percent positivity, both the way the state reports it and the way we report it have doubled in a week."

Dr. Avegno said that means it is likely one in ten people have the virus.

The city has enacted the following changes:

• Gatherings and special events will not be allowed except for people who live together in a single household.
 • All indoor activities will be reduced to 25% of permitted occupancy.
 • Indoor and outdoor sporting events will be reduced to 4% of permitted occupancy.
 • Tables – at restaurants, or outdoor seating at bars or breweries – will be limited to 6 people and everyone must be from the same household.

Click here for a full list of the current guidelines.

The city will re-evaluate in three weeks. Gov. John Bel Edwards has not announced any statewide changes, but his current Phase 2 proclamation expires next week.