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/.

COVID Guidelines

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

Monday, August 2, the Louisiana Department of Health issued guidance about large event gatherings during the fourth surge of COVID-19 in Louisiana, including ways to lower risk for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

LDH recommends:

  • Limiting the size of indoor gatherings, moving events outdoors, or hosting meetings and events virtually to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 spread.
  • All participants of indoor meetings and events are required to be masked.
  • People with underlying health conditions that make them more likely to have severe COVID complications should avoid nonessential trips outside of the home.
  • Event hosts and facilities should practice strong sanitation and hygiene practices and provide hand sanitizer for those who need it.
  • Spaces should be staged to accommodate at least six feet of distance between guests.

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

Mask Mandate

Face masks that properly cover the wearer’s mouth and nose should be worn indoors at all times, unless a person is in a home, under the Governor’s statewide mask mandate, which will be in place until at least September 29.

The order requires face coverings for everyone age 5 or older or enrolled in kindergarten, 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

Face coverings are highly encouraged for those ages 2 to 4 as tolerated.

As with the Governor’s previous mandate, children younger than kindergarten age are exempted if they cannot wear a mask. However, the CDC and the Louisiana Department of Health strongly encourage indoor mask wearing in public for all children aged two and older, especially as they are not yet eligible for the COVID vaccine.

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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