COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS FOR THE NOLA BOOKSTARS 2021 - Updated 5.24pm 8/23/2021
Recently, New Orleans passed a mandate stating masks must be worn indoors at all times unless you are actively eating or drinking. When entering bars, restaurants, and various gathering places, you must either have a negative COVID-19 test (dated within 72 hours) or proof of vaccination. Here’s how this will impact NOLA Bookstars 2021:
1. Ghost Tour – if you want to hang out in the VooDoo Lounge, have a drink or use the restroom prior to and after the tour, the above mandate must be followed. We strongly suggest you come to the tour prepared with a mask for just in case.
2. Hotel –the Marriott requires masks when entering public meeting rooms, restaurants, and common areas of the hotel, but the vaccine/negative test requirement is only for the hotel restaurant and bar. However, since attendees will already have one or the other, we are requiring it for the signing event for all readers and authors.
3. Vampire Ball (Starlight Lounge) – Just as the title of the venue suggests, it is a bar. Therefore, the mandate above will be strictly enforced. There will be someone at the door taking your admission ticket and checking your COVID credentials.
If the mandate in New Orleans changes before the event, this page will be updated with new guidelines and instructions regarding COVID 19 precautions. Please check back to this page every couple of weeks.
HERE IS THE INFORMATION FROM THE NOLA.GOV SITE ABOUT THE MANDATE. YOU CAN VISIT THEIR SITE HERE: https://ready.nola.gov/incident/coronavirus/safe-reopening/
INDOOR MASK MANDATE IN EFFECT
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask indoors when with people who are not in their immediate household.
Masks also required at outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people if total attendance is more than 50% of the outdoor venue's capacity.
Anyone 12 years of age and older must provide proof of at least one dose of an approved COVID vaccine or negative PCR test within 72 hours, including employees, to access:
Breweries, microbreweries, distilleries & micro-distilleries
Indoor group fitness centers or individual fitness classes
INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & PERFORMANCE SPACES
Indoor sports complexes, stadiums & arenas
Concert & music halls
Event spaces such as hotel ballrooms, event venues & reception halls
Pool halls, bowling alleys, indoor play centers, arcades, skating rinks, indoor playgrounds & arcades
Adult live performance venues
Casinos, racetracks & video poker establishments
Indoor amusement facilities
LARGE OUTDOOR EVENTS
Outdoor events of more than 500 people if total attendance is more than 50% of the outdoor venue's capacity.
Masks are required at all indoor gatherings.
Proof of vaccination or negative PCR tests will be required at all indoor gatherings at establishments included in these requirements.
Masks strongly recommended for outdoor events of 500+ people if total event attendance is less than 50% of the outdoor venue’s capacity.
Masks required for outdoor events of 500+ people if total attendance is more than 50% of the outdoor venue’s capacity.
Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID PCR test result from last 72 hours required for outdoor events of 500+ people if total attendance is more than 50% of the outdoor venue's capacity.