COVID-19 Destination Updates and Resources
We have compiled the latest destination information, resources, and healthy travel tips to help our resilient community and potential travelers.
[Updated 1.13.2021 at 5:00 PM CT]
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a notice on January 12th, that the state of Louisiana will remain in a modified Phase 2 of the White House's reopening strategy until February 10, 2021.
As of January 12th, the extended executive order is in place with the following requirements:
- Face coverings are required when in public.
- All Louisianans are encouraged to avoid gatherings of individuals not part of their households.
- All businesses, private and public sectors, are encouraged to use remote work where they can.
- All restaurants are limited to 50% of their indoor capacity. Restaurants should move as much dining outdoors as they can. Social distancing is required.
- For bars in parishes above 5% positivity, bars are closed to indoor sales and consumption but open for outdoor consumption at tables only and at 25% capacity, with a maximum of 50 people. Social distancing is required. Take-out and delivery will still be available.
- Retail businesses at 50% capacity, except for essential businesses, as defined by federal guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
- Gyms may be open at 50% of their capacity.
- Places of worship will remain at a maximum of 75% of their capacity or the number of people who can physically distance with at least six feet between each immediate household. The State Fire Marshal will put out additional COVID mitigation measures to make services safer.
- Barber and beauty shops, and nail salons may open at 50% of their capacity.
- Movie theaters may open at 50% of their capacity.
- Indoor gatherings at event/receptions centers are limited to 25% capacity or up to 75 individuals.
- Outdoor gatherings at event/reception centers are limited to 25% capacity or up to 150 individuals when strict physical distancing is not possible.
- All sporting events will be capped at 25% capacity.
To stay up to date on the latest alerts from the Governor's Office you may opt-in to the new text alert system for COVID-19 updates. Residents can opt-in by texting LACOVID to 67283.
We will continue to update our site as new information comes in about the region. The LCBT team remains in contact with our local tourism and hospitality industry partners receiving up-to-date information on the status of their business.
Health and Safety of All Travelers
The number one priority of every travel business is keeping you and your family healthy and safe. Though they may be implemented in different ways, each touchpoint during your trip is applying consistent enhanced cleanliness measures. As residents and travelers, join us and help provide a safe and healthy travel experience for everyone. When we all do our part, we all can Travel Confidently!
Visitor Center Updates
Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism
Following continued improvement of Louisiana's COVID-19 outlook, the Visitor Center in Raceland is now OPEN (Mon-Fri, 9AM-5PM) & (Sat, 9AM-3PM). Masks or face coverings are required for everyone ages 8 and older.
We are dedicated to the safety of all visitors and staff. We have implemented the following sanitation protocol:
- All visitors (8 and older) must wear a mask our face covering inside the visitor center
- Visitor information assistants must wear facial coverings
- Must maintain a six-foot distance from visitors and other staff
- All high touch areas are sanitized after every use
- Restrooms are sanitized after each use
- If you pick-up a brochure, please take it with you or discard it
Have an update you would like to let us know about? Reach out to us at (985) 537-5800. You can also follow and contact us on social media.
Updated as of: 8/14/2020
- Gheens Bon Mange Festival: Canceled
- Cajun Heritage Festival: Canceled
- Let Freedom Ring: Fireworks only, no mass gathering
- Tawasi Antiques & Art Show: Canceled
- Louisiana Gumbo Festival: Canceled
- La Fete Des Vieux Temps: Canceled
- French Food Festival: Canceled
- Big Boy's Main Street Cookoff: Canceled
- Thibodeauxville Fall Festival: Canceled
Resident & Business Resources
Local updates on COVID-19
General COVID-19 Information
U.S. Travel Association
Louisiana Workforce Commission
Small Business Association
Louisiana Economic Development
Re-opening Louisiana Safely
Travel Confidently Tool Kit for Businesses
When we all do our part, we can all #TravelConfidently. For help with promoting the health and safety practices of your business (including info graphics, social graphics, and other useful tools) please view the U.S. Travel Associations Travel Confidently Tool Kit by clicking here
Recommendations for Louisiana Businesses
As you look to pass accurate information to your workers and make important decisions regarding business operations, a good place to start is with the CDC's recommended business strategies which include:
Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
Separate sick employees.
Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees.
Perform routine environmental cleaning.
Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps.
For more information, see below or visit the website of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, for a variety of other resources, fact sheets, and fliers regarding COVID-19 including:
Commissioner Donelon Authorizes Emergency Rule
In response to the Coronavirus crisis, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has issued Emergency Rule 36.
Under the emergency rule, health insurers must:
- Waive cost sharing for COVID-19 testing when ordered in accordance with CDC guidelines and are prohibited from requiring prior authorization for this testing.
- Permit early refills, except for drugs in certain drug classes like opioids, when consistent with doctor/pharmacist approvals.
- Suspend the use of step therapy.
- Enhance access to mail order pharmaceuticals.
- Continue to ensure network adequacy given the anticipated increase in demand due to COVID-19.
Information from the Louisiana Department of Health
With more than 392 cases of the Coronavirus confirmed across 26 parishes (Orleans, Jefferson, St. James, Caddo, St. Tammany, East Baton Rouge, Bossier, Lafourche, St. Bernard, St. Charles, Terrebonne, Lafayette, St. John the Baptist, Ascension, St. Landry, Washington, West Baton Rouge, Acadia, Assumption, Calcasieu, Iberia, Iberville, Livingston, Plaquemines, Rapides, Webster) the Louisiana Department of Health has resources available for the state's business community.
To see LDH's Guidance for Business and Employers, click HERE.
In addition, LDH has also made printable items available that can be placed around your place of business and company facilities.
- How to Keep Illness from Spreading
- Coronavirus Symptoms and Travel Considerations
- LDH's Guidance for Family Preparedness
For more information, visit LDH's coronavirus website or you can call the Louisiana 211 Network by dialing 211. In addition, you can text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for regular text updates from LDH on the coronavirus in our state.
Resources from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Given the national scope of the Coronavirus challenge, LABI's partners at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. have made resources, guidance, and information available for American businesses and workers.
- To access the U.S. Chamber's Coronavirus Response Toolkit, click HERE
- To access the U.S. Chamber's Resilience in a Box portal, offering preparedness tips and information about best practices for small business, click HERE
- To see the U.S. Chamber's Coronavirus Guidance for Employers, click HERE
- To see the U.S. Chamber's Workplace Tips for Employees, click HERE
In addition, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has also created a Disaster Help Desk for Business - an information concierge to assist small businesses with disaster readiness, relief and long-term recovery. You can reach the help desk either ONLINE or by dialing 888-MY-BIZ-HELP or sending a message to [email protected].
For additional information, including updates on the U.S. Chamber's Congressional advocacy during this time, visit their Coronavirus website.