Roommates, the City of New Orleans has just announced that all residents aged 12 and up must be vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, in order to enter various public spaces, such as restaurants, bars, gyms, music venues, sports venues and more. This makes New Orleans the latest city to enact a firm stance regarding vaccination protocols and regular COVID-19 testing.
During a recent press conference, Louisiana Mayor LaToya Cantrell made the announcement that the City of New Orleans was officially cracking down on its vaccination requirements beginning August 16th. “Look for your vaccination card and be prepared to show it,” she said while also noting that a one-week grace period will be allowed before the new requirement will be aggressively enforced.
Mayor Cantrell also stressed that despite the rising COVID-19 numbers within the state, she is not imposing capacity limits on businesses or contemplating a shutdown that occurred last year, instead she’s relying on residents to be vaccinated in order to keep things open. “Unlike this time last year, we have a tool that we did not have,” she said.
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Louisiana is one of the country’s hotspots for the Delta variant of COVID-19—due to an alarmingly low statewide vaccination rate, which is reportedly one of the worst in the country. Additionally, many restaurants and bars in New Orleans have already put their own vaccination requirements in place, requiring either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before entry.
In addition to restaurants, bars, gyms, fitness centers and music venues, sports venues are also listed, including the Superdome in New Orleans where the NFL season is set to begin soon.
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