Vaccinating Louisiana: Tracking rates, restrictions and latest guidance

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    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Are there any COVID-19 restrictions in Louisiana?

    Louisiana is currently in a modified Phase 3 plan.

    The majority of businesses, including restaurants and salons, will be able to move to 100% of their capacity.

    The governor’s updated public health emergency order keeps requirements for 6 feet of social distancing in all businesses, as well as other mitigation measures deemed necessary by the Louisiana Department of Health and the State Fire Marshal and posted on

    Limitations on when bars and restaurants can serve alcohol as well as occupancy limits will be lifted and deferred to local guidance, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

    Salons and beauty shops, gyms and fitness centers, malls and casinos also will not have capacity limits, though social distancing and the mask mandate remain in place along with any other additional measures that may be required by the State Fire Marshal.

    Indoor and outdoor sporting events will be limited to 50% of their capacity, with social distancing. Masks are required under all circumstances.

    The mask mandate was also lifted statewide and deferred to local guidance.

    Are vaccine passports required in Louisiana?

    No, Gov. John Bel Edwards said that it is too soon to address vaccine passports in Louisiana and that the state is focusing on increasing vaccinations. There is also no law in place banning vaccine passports in Louisiana at this time.

    Are facial coverings or masks required in Louisiana?

    There is no statewide mask mandate in place. Gov. John Bel Edwards allowed parish governments to lift or keep their mask mandates.

    New Orleans lifted its mask mandate only for people who are fully vaccinated.

    What does it mean to be ‘fully vaccinated?’

    According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you do not meet those requirements, regardless of age, you are not fully vaccinated.

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    I’m fully vaccinated. What can I do?

    You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic, the CDC says. You no longer need to wear a mask or stay 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local businesses and workplace guidance.

    Do I need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination prior to travel?

    If you choose to travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel. You do not need to self-quarantine after travel.

    If traveling internationally, pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States. You do not need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.

    You do need to show a negative test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.

    The CDC recommends you still get tested three to five days after international travel, but you do not need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.

    I’m not vaccinated. What activities should I and should I not partake in?

    Outdoor Activities:

    Safest: Walk, run, wheelchair roll, or bike outdoors with members of your household. Attend a small, outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated family and friends. While masked, attend a small, outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people, particularly in areas of substantial to high transmission.

    Less Safe: While masked, dine at an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households.

    Least Safe: While masked, attend a crowded, outdoor event, like a live performance, parade, or sports event.

    Indoor Activities:

    Less Safe: While masked, visit a barber or hair salon, go to an uncrowded, indoor shopping center or museum, attend a small, indoor gathering of fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people from multiple households.

    Least Safe: While masked, go to an indoor movie theater, attend a full-capacity worship service, sing in an indoor choir, eat at an indoor restaurant or bar, participate in an indoor, high-intensity exercise class.

    What don’t we know yet about the COVID-19 vaccine?

    The CDC says they are still unsure how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. Early data indicates that vaccines may work against some variants, but are less effective against others. They are also still learning how well the vaccines protect people with weakened immune systems, including people who take immunosuppressive medications. The CDC is also unsure how long the COVID-19 vaccines can protect people.

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