The Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau has been carefully monitoring travel conditions in regard to COVID-19. First and foremost, we want to protect the health and safety of our community and visitors to Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana. As of this notice, the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau’s Downtown Shreveport Visitor Center is now open. The Shreveport Regional Airport Visitor Center remains closed to the public.
On Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana would be moving into Phase 3 of reopening. His official order included the following:
- The statewide mask mandate will remain in place.
- Restaurants, spas, salons, gyms and many other businesses can now operate at 75% capacity if they can maintain social distancing.
- Indoor social gatherings will be limited to the lesser of 250 people or 50% capacity of the facility. Outdoors, crowd sizes are limited to 50 percent capacity, up to 250 people, if people will be in close proximity and social distancing is not possible.
- Bars in parishes where the COVID-19 positivity rate is 5% or below for four weeks can open if parish leaders allow. Currently, 5 out of the state’s 64 parishes meet this requirement and could opt in for bars to reopen, including Bienville, Jeff Davis, Orleans, St. John and Plaquemines.
- Bars must close at 11 p.m., with the last call for drinks at 10 p.m.
- Bars are restricted to 25% customer capacity, with up to 50 customers indoors.
- Outdoor bar spaces are also limited to 50 customers, and all bar patrons must be seated at tables and receive tableside service from bar staff, rather than ordering at the counter.
- No live music will be allowed in bars. When re-opened, no one under the age of 21 is permitted in any bar.
- Restaurants must also stop on-premises alcohol sales at 10 p.m.
- Casinos will stay at 50% capacity and 75% of their gaming positions. They will also be
required to end on-site alcohol sales at 10 p.m.
- Sporting events, like college football games, will operate at a lesser capacity of 25%
and without alcohol sales.
Read more details in the Governor’s full announcement here. The State Fire Marshal’s office and the Louisiana Department of Health will also share information with businesses at OpenSafely.la.gov.
We encourage all consumers to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including the practice of wearing masks and social distancing.
For visitor information and updates, please call 318-222-9391 or visit www.Shreveport-Bossier.org. You can also get updates by following our social media pages on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LouisianasOtherSide and Twitter at https://twitter.com/sbctb. However, things are changing frequently, so please call ahead before you visit a business to be sure they can accommodate you.
If you know of changes and postponements, please email it to Pat Gill at email@example.com.
More information regarding COVID-19 in Louisiana can be found at:
|The COVID-19 pandemic presents an enormous challenge to tourism and hospitality-related businesses in Shreveport-Bossier and across the globe. Recently, Stacy Brown, president of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, sat down with Brandy Evans, vice president of communications, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism and hospitality industry, to offer insight about what’s next, and to share where to find resources. Like so many other destination marketing organizations around the world, Shreveport-Bossier is now preparing for the road ahead. Challenging times aren’t new for this industry, but neither is our resiliency. We will rebound together, even stronger than before.|
|On May 6, 2020, Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau President Stacy Brown sat down for a second installment of "The Road Ahead," a conversation with Vice President of Communications Brandy Evans. Topics addressed include the impact of COVID-19 on Shreveport-Bossier's tourism and hospitality industry, plans for re-opening the Tourist Bureau's Downtown Shreveport Visitor's Center, and the Tourist Bureau's upcoming DMAP re-certification project.|