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Tracking the Restaurants, Bars, and Music Venues Requiring Proof of Vaccination in New Orleans

These NOLA restaurants have adopted new COVID-19 safety policies in light of the highly transmissible delta variant

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Proof of vaccination is required to dine inside Saffron
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As is now abundantly clear, the COVID delta wave is here, and it is quickly changing (or re-changing) things for restaurants, bars, and venues in New Orleans and Louisiana. First, city and state leaders issued mask advisories, urging everyone, vaccinated or not, to wear masks indoors. Those recommendations were quickly followed by mask mandates, first issued at the local level in New Orleans last week and by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Monday, August 2.

But some New Orleans bars, restaurants, and live music venues are going a step further to keep patrons and staff safe, requiring customers who wish to dine, drink, or attend performances inside to prove they’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine. The first to implement the policy was Melissa “DJ Soul Sister” Weber, for her weekly shows at Hi-Ho Lounge. That was followed by a collective policy announced by music venues Tipitina’s, D.B.A., and the Maple Leaf Bar that they would require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of admission.

Since then, a number of bars and restaurants have followed suit. It remains to be seen if vaccination policies will be widely adopted by businesses in New Orleans or be more of an exception; either way, it is quickly becoming something to know about a potential destination before making plans. Additionally, some restaurants are again shutting down indoor dining and offering only outdoor service, like Turkey and the Wolf, who announced the update earlier this week.

Here, Eater New Orleans tracks the bars, restaurants, and venues implementing vaccine requirements. Did we miss something? Let us know. This list will be continuously updated.


The Allways Lounge & Cabaret

Requiring proof of vaccination for entry.

Bar Redux

Requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within previous 72 hours for entry.

Cowbell

Requiring proof of vaccination for indoor dining.

d.b.a.

Requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within previous 72 hours for entry.

The Domino

Requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within previous 72 hours for entry.

Effervescence

Requiring proof of vaccination to dine indoors.

Gasa Gasa

Requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within previous 72 hours for ticketed shows.

The Goat

Requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within previous 72 hours for entry.

Jewel of the South

Requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within previous 72 hours for indoor dining.

La Boca

Requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within previous 72 hours for entry.

Lamara Coffee & Kitchen

Requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within previous 72 hours for indoor dining.

Palm&Pine

Requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within previous 72 hours, effective immediately for dining at the bar or kitchen counter, and effective August 12 for table service.

Preservation Hall

Requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within previous 72 hours for entry.

Red Gravy

Requiring proof of vaccination to dine indoors.

Saffron

Requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within previous 72 hours for dining.

Three Muses

Requiring proof of vaccination before dining or drinking inside Three Muses.

Tipitina’s

Requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within previous 72 hours for entry.

Twelve Mile Limit

Requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within previous 72 hours to patronize the bar.

Vampire Cafe

Requiring proof of vaccination for indoor dining; Potions Bar requiring proof of vaccination for entry.

Who Dat Coffee Cafe

Requiring proof of vaccination or a negative covid test within previous 72 hours for indoor dining.


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