Hotel Monteleone reopens after 2-month COVID-19 shutdown

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The Hotel Monteleone reopened on June 1, the first time since shutting down in March following the mandatory business shutdowns in New Orleans to prevent spread of COVID-19.

The hotel opened with policies in place, such as social distancing, to reduce coronavirus spread between guests, employees and the community.

The iconic hotel, which was built in 1886, has 570 rooms and is known for the Carousel Piano Bar and Lounge, which is a rotating bar.

The bar was allowed to open in the March 16 “Phase 1” reopening of businesses because it also sells food.

Louisiana entered “Phase 2” reopening on June 4, which also allows bars to reopen at 25% capacity. New Orleans is the only part of the state that’s still in Phase 1.