New Orleans moves into ‘Phase 3.2’ on Oct. 17; more French Quarter bars reopen for to-go drinks

(Photo: French Quarter Fest opening second line parade, 2010 | Derek Bridges | CC Flickr)
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Thursday announced that the city will move into it’s fourth step, or “Phase 3.2,” of easing COVID-19 related restrictions on businesses Saturday.

Under the new rules, indoor and outdoor live music venues can open, but must obtain a permit from the city; fairs and festivals can take place; and second line parades are allowed.

Additionally, outdoor bar seating will be allowed to increase. Masks and social distancing rules are still in place.

Alcohol sales—including at bars, restaurants, entertainment venues and package stores in some parts of the city—are restricted between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

More French Quarter bars have reopened for to-go drinks, however, including Erin Rose, located at 811 Conti St.; Molly’s Irish Pub, located at 732 Toulouse St.; The Abbey Bar, located at 1123 Decatur St.; Golden Lantern Bar, located at 1239 Royal St.; The Chart Room, located at 300 Chartres St.; and many more.

For more information on the new rules, visit the city’s website.

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