Big news for music lovers today. Phase 2 guidelines have been tweaked in Louisiana and bars and nightclubs can now have live music again. But, the business owners must apply to the State Fire Marshall and the Department of Health to make sure precautionary measures are being taken.

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Venues will have to meet the following guidelines:

The HVAC system must provide a minimum of six air changes per hour (ACH) within the space occupied by the audience and performers. Documentation shall be provided to identify the CFM’s for the air handling unit(s) serving the space and the cubic footage of the space served.
A minimum 12 feet of separation shall be provided between the performers and attendees.
Provide at least one of the following additional mitigation measures: (1) In-duct UV-C light system placed in supply side, ahead of any branch connections, or in the return side of each air handling system serving the space. (2) Direct air flow towards the performers and away from the attendees at a minimum rate of 2,000 CFM.
An independent HVAC system dedicated exclusively for the performance area.
Each performer must follow the social distancing guidelines.
Management shall offer face coverings and temperature checks to attendees.

State Fire Marshall Butch Browning explains the changes.


Businesses interested in getting the ok to start booking bands should send an email request to

The way these guidelines are spelled out looks like only very limited bars would be able to qualify. I think maybe some of the casino nightclubs might meet these specifications.

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