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Mayor Cantrell announces proof of vaccination or negative COVID test requirement for some indoor establishments

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New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and New Orleans Health Department Director Dr. Jennifer Avegno have announced in a news conference that proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entry for large crowds indoors.

Posted: Aug 12, 2021 5:12 PM

NEW ORLEANS,La. (WDSU) —New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and New Orleans Health Department Director Dr. Jennifer Avegno have announced in a news conference that proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entry for large crowds indoors.

According to the new guidelines, the following businesses will be affected:

Indoor dining and drinking such as restaurants, bars, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries and microdistilleries

Indoor fitness such as gyms and indoor group fitness centers or individual fitness classes

Indoor entertainment and/or performances, indoor sports complexes/stadiums/arenas, concert and music halls

Event spaces (hotel ballroom, event venue, reception halls)

Pool halls, bowling alleys, indoor play centers, arcades, skating rinks, indoor playgrounds and arcades

Adult live performance venues

Casinos, racetracks and video poker establishments

Indoor amusement facilities

Acceptable evidence of a COVID-19 vaccination includes:

LA Wallet App’s SMART Health Card, An original, digital photograph, or photocopy of CDC Vaccination Card (both sides)
An official vaccine record issued by another state, a foreign nation, or the World Health Organization
The announcement comes as Louisiana sees record high coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

It was announced earlier this week that Saints fans would be required to wear masks inside for games due to Gov. John Bel Edwards's indoor mask mandate.

The mandate is in place until Sept. 1 and could be extended.

Other businesses such as restaurants and music venues have announced they are requiring proof of vaccination for entry into their establishments.

New Orleans currently has a percent positivity rate of 15%.

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