New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell this evening announced that she is ordering the city back to a "Modified Phase One" set of restrictions, starting Friday.
"I'm having to move forward with putting further restrictions in place," the mayor said, as the city's percent-positive of COVID tests moved north of 10 percent.
Businesses including restaurants would have to go back to just 25 percent of their maximum occupancy under the fire code to control COVID spread.
The mayor also says the city is restricting gatherings of people not from the same household.
The new restrictions would be in place for three weeks.
The Modified Phase One will begin in Orleans Parish at 6 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, with the following major 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.