Louisiana venues can have live music by request, must be approved by state

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Live entertainment venues still closed under Phase 2

NEW ORLEANS, La (WDSU) — Live entertainment venues are now allowed to have live music under phase two guidelines.

According to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, “Phase 2A” guidance allows for restaurants and bars to ask for permission to host live music indoors.

Requests must be approved by the state fire marshal’s office and the Louisiana Department of Health.

It is unclear if this guidance also applies to New Orleans venues.

New Orleans musicians told WDSU that until they hear otherwise, it means they are still out of work, with many receiving unemployment benefits to stay afloat financially.

“For the first time in my life, I’m getting unemployment,” said Deacon John, a local musician. “We are going to be the last ones to go back to work because of what we do.”

Deacon John has been making music in New Orleans since the 1950s. He said he has never experienced a setback like the coronavirus.

“I have never imagined anything like what is happening right now,” he said. “There ain’t no gigs for nobody.”

At Tipitinas, a popular music venue, the doors have been closed since mid-March.

“The waiting is one of the more difficult parts,” said Tank Greenberg, the general manager. “It’s always we’ll wait and see what happens in a few weeks, but they don’t have any sort of specific guidelines.”

To read the state guidelines for Phase Two, click here.

By: Morgan Lentes

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