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New Orleans Gathering Sizes And Retail Capacity Can Get Bigger Starting Friday

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Mayor LaToya Cantrell speaks at a COVID-19 memorial event. Jan. 19, 2021.

New Orleans’ COVID-19 restrictions will relax again on Friday, allowing more people to gather indoors and outdoors, Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Health Director Dr. Jennifer Avegno announced Thursday.

Beginning tomorrow, gatherings outdoors can accommodate 500 guests. Indoor gatherings will be capped at 250 people. Retail establishments will move from 75 percent to 100 percent capacity.

“We believe this will definitely accommodate residents, visitors, as well as the hospitality industry,” Cantrell said.

Avegno stressed that the new guidelines still keep masking and social distancing in mind.

“There is no national public health organization that recommends the full removal of masks right now,” Avegno said.

Cantrell reiterated that New Orleans’ mask mandate will remain in place.

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