Guidelines for Visiting Lafayette, LA

We look forward to welcoming you to the Happiest City in America-Lafayette, Louisiana!

We encourage visitors to practice all health and social distancing guidelines issued by the CDC and state and local governments, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As Louisiana moves through its phased reopening of businesses, please check with restaurants, stores, and attractions for information on openings, capacity, and available amenities before making plans.

For the latest on the State of Louisiana Coronavirus updates, visit https://coronavirus.la.gov/.

Phase III

The majority of Lafayette's hotels, shops, attractions, and restaurants have been allowed to resume or expand operations with restrictions as outlined in the Governor's guidelines.

Currently, shops, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, churches and places of worship, shopping malls, gym and fitness centers, museums, zoos, movie theaters, pool halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, outdoor playgrounds, and play centers are allowed to operate at 75% capacity, with social distancing in place.

Bars will be able to open at 25% capacity, up to 50 people, indoors for customers seated for tableside service. They may have no more than 50 customers outdoors, socially distanced, seated for tableside service. No live music will be allowed. All drinks must be ordered at the table and delivered by bar staff to the table. Sale and service of alcohol at bars, when they reopen, must end at 11 p.m.

Indoor social gatherings, like receptions, weddings, and others, are limited to 250 people, or 50% capacity of the facility. Outdoor social gatherings are also limited to 250 people or 50% capacity if individuals cannot avoid being within six feet of one another. Live entertainment, including musical performances, is not permitted inside any building or indoor function.

Travelers are encouraged to visit the Louisiana Department of Health website, where you can sign up for updates from Gov. Edwards.

Mask Mandate

On July 13, Governor Edwards ordered a statewide mask mandate for al 64 parishes in Louisiana. The order requires face coverings for everyone ages eight and older except for the following:

  • Anyone who has a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face covering
  • Anyone who is consuming a drink or food
  • Anyone who is trying to communicate with a person who is hearing impaired
  • Anyone who is giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience
  • Anyone temporarily removing his or her face covering for identification purposes

CDC Guidelines for Travel

If you travel, protect yourself and others during your trip:

  • Clean your hands often.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after touching surfaces frequently touched by others, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and before touching your face or eating.
  • If soap and water are not available, bring and use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with others.
  • Keep 6 feet of physical distance from others.
  • Wear a mask in public.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.

Public Health Information

For additional information on how the state and travel industry are responding please see below for Covid-19 resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to quarantine when traveling to Lafayette, Louisiana?

A:

Currently, there are NO travel advisories requiring travelers to quarantine when arriving in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Can I fly into and out of Lafayette, Louisiana?

A:

Yes, the Lafayette Regional Airport is currently flying United, American, and Delta with service to Houston, Atlanta, and Dallas.

Are restaurants open for indoor dining?

A:

Yes, the majority of restaurants are open for indoor and outdoor dining at 50% capacity. We encourage you to check on openings, capacity, and available amenities before making plans.

Can we listen to live music or concerts?

A:

Live entertainment, including musical performances, is not permitted inside any building or indoor function. Some restaurants provide live music entertainment while dining. A weekly list of those performances can be found here.

Are your attractions and museums open?  

A:

The majority of Lafayette's hotels, shops, attractions, and restaurants have been allowed to resume or expand operations with restrictions as outlined in the governor's guidelines. Currently, attractions and museums are allowed to operate at 50% capacity with no "tactile" exhibits.

What actions do I take if I experience symptoms while traveling?

A:

Use this tool to figure out if you should be tested for COVID and where to get tested. If you are you experiencing the following symptoms, please call your healthcare provider or 9-1-1.

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

Is there a list of businesses in Lafayette operating safely during COVID-19?

A:

There is a Facebook Group called SAFE businesses in Acadiana- Opening up safely during Covid-19 that provides a list of those businesses operating safely as inputted by the group's members.

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