St. Charles Parish to lift occupancy limits for many business following new state ordinance

Published 10:49 am Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Hahnville, LA – President Matthew Jewell has lifted occupancy limits on numerous businesses in St. Charles Parish effective today, March 31, 2021, following Governor Edwards’ recent proclamation permitting parishes to do so. While the state-wide mask mandate and social distancing regulations remain in place, restaurants, coffee shops, beauty salons, barbershops, video poker establishments, gyms and fitness centers may now operate with no occupancy limits.

Bars are also able to forgo occupancy limits and resume normal operating hours. However, per the Governor’s order, all patrons must be seated at tables. Walk-up service at bars my resume; however, patrons shall return to their tables for consumption.

“Our businesses and residents have endured a lot over the past year, and we are happy to take these steps towards returning to normal,” said President Matthew Jewell. “The availability of vaccines has brought us to this point, and I am hopeful that we will continue to see additional restrictions lifted in the near future.”

Businesses and venues that host large gatherings, such as reception halls, will still have an occupancy limit of 50% with the maximum gathering size of no more than 500 people indoors. Outdoor events are also limited to 50% capacity and social distancing as well.

The Governor’s full proclamation can be read here.

Specific data and COVID resources specific to St. Charles Parish can be found here.

For more information regarding St. Charles Parish, please visit our website at, Cox Channel 6, UVerse Channel 99, or follow us on Facebook (@stcharlesgov) and Instagram (@stcharlesgovernment).