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.

For theaters, event spaces, festivals and fairs, and other outdoor events, there will be no limitations on outdoor capacity. Indoors, a facility may choose to operate at 75 percent capacity while enforcing six feet of social distancing or at 100 percent capacity with masking required and enforced.

For indoor sporting events, capacity is limited to 75 percent of capacity with social distancing, or 100 percent capacity if a mask mandate is enforced at the venue. Capacity will not be limited outdoors.

For live music, new regulations will require 10 feet of space between the stage and the audience and crowds must be seated. Bars will still only be open to those 21 and older.

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

Mask Mandate Lifted

Following months of sustained improvement in COVID hospitalizations and an increase in the supply and availability of vaccines, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that some mitigation measures will be eased and, starting Wednesday, April 28, the statewide mask mandate will be lifted.

  • Mask policies in Louisiana will be set by local leaders and business owners. Under the Governor’s new public health order, masks will still be required on public transit and in state government buildings, K-12 schools, early childhood education centers, colleges and universities, and healthcare facilities.
  • Lifting of the mask mandate does not affect the COVID-19 liability protections that were enacted by the Louisiana Legislature which require businesses and schools to follow the recommendations of state and federal health authorities, all of which recommend continued mask-wearing.
  • Social distancing and masking are recommended by both the state of Louisiana and the CDC.

The Department of Health additionally will issue a state health officer order that will mandate masks in all health care facilities.

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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