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Destination Updates

[Updated 4.9.20 at 3:45 PM CT]

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a stay-at-home order to combat coronavirus spread. The order requires Louisiana residents to shelter-at-home unless going out for essential tasks effective until April 30. Many attractions, concerts, events, and festivals have either been postponed or canceled activities until that time. At this point, restaurants may still offer food via Delivery, Take-Out or Drive-Thru. For more details, you can view the stay-at-home one-page, HERE, or you can view the order, HERE.

The Governor also announced a new text alert system for COVID-19 updates. Residents can opt-in by texting LACOVID to 67283.

We will continue to update our site as new information comes in about the region.

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Attraction Updates

Local Visitor Centers

The health and well-being of the staff at Visit Lake Charles is paramount, and due to the rising concern over COVID-19, the visitor centers both in Lake Charles and at Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point have suspended operations through April 12. However, the Visit Lake Charles staff is diligently reaching out to event planners, clients, partners and the hospitality community as a whole in order to navigate through this unprecedented challenge.

Only the restroom facilities will remain open at the Vinton Welcome Center. The lobby will close to visitors. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor will monitor the situation and make a determination on any extension of these temporary closures in the coming weeks.

Golden Nugget Lake Charles

Golden Nugget Lake Charles announced today that the hotel and casino will temporarily close in compliance with the order by Governor John Bel Edwards. The closure will go into effect tonight, March 16 at midnight and Golden Nugget Lake Charles will remain closed for four weeks. At this time, Golden Nugget Lake Charles is taking room reservations starting April 13. In the event we are unable to reopen April 13, Golden Nugget representatives will contact guests with reservations. Please visit www.goldennugget.com for the latest updates.

L'Auberge Casino Resort

Pursuant to a notification from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB), L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles will be temporarily suspending operations for a period of two weeks beginning at midnight on March 16, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing spread of COVID-19. The LGCB will be continuing to work with the state’s licensed casinos as well as local, state and federal health authorities to determine safe protocols for when operations may resume.

Delta Downs

Based on the Louisiana Gaming Control Board's order, Delta Downs is temporarily closing. This closure will impact all public operations, including the casino, hotel, racetrack, restaurants, and meeting and entertainment venues.

Isle of Capri Casino Hotel

In accordance with the Louisiana Gaming Control Board order, the Isle of Capri Lake Charles will temporarily suspend casino operations (including gaming floor, hotels, bars, and restaurants) and will remain closed until further notice. For more information, go to: https://www.islelakecharles.com/closure-notice.

Bayou Rum

We have temporarily suspended distillery tours, and closed the coffee shop, and have temporarily closed the gift shop. However, we are now offering curbside pick up for online orders placed through https://bayourum.com/special-events/

Children's Museum

Beginning Saturday, March 14, 2020, the museum will be temporarily closed until further notice. Please stay tuned to the Children's Museum Facebook and Instagram pages for updated information.

1911 Historic City Hall

Historic City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice. For information follow their Facebook page.

Lake Charles Civic Center

Closed to the public until further notice.

Central School/Mardi Gras Museum

Central School is open to regular tenants but closed for special events until further notice.

Ward 3 Recreation Center

The building at Ward 3 Recreation Center is closed to the public until further notice.

Cinemark Theaters

Both theaters in Lake Charles will be shutting down starting Tuesday until further notice.

Yellowfin Distillery

Yellowfin Distillery is offering “curbside service.” You may purchase any of their products that are in stock from your vehicle. The tasting room is closed until further notice and they have suspended tours of the facility as well. For more info, follow their Instagram page.

Game2Life

Game2Life will be closed until further notice due to the coronavirus and limiting social gathering to 10 or less. The tournament is being pushed back as well. The players that are currently signed up will get some swag/merch for being locked in early and will NOT have to pay to re-enter our tournament at the later date.

DeQuincy Railroad Museum

The DeQuincy Railroad Museum will be closed until April 13, 2020. At that time we will assess the situation and provide an update on opening.

Imperial Calcasieu Museum

The Imperial Calcasieu Museum is closed until further notice.

The Brimstone Museum/Henning Cultural Center

Effective March 19 at 5 p.m. the museum exhibits and galleries will close until further notice. The Talented Arts Program exhibit scheduled to open next Thursday has also been postponed. The SWLA O Gauge Model Railroad's planned "running of the trains" has also been suspended until further notice. Staff members can be reached via phone and email, and will continue to work on planning upcoming events, exhibits, and programs for when this crisis has passed. For information, please call 337-527-0357 extension 2 and leave a voicemail, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone for your patience and support as we work through this together!

Prien Lake Mall

Prien Lake Mall is temporarily closed until further notice.

Charlestown Farmers Market

The Charlestown Farmers Market is suspending its Saturday market at Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center due to growing concerns related to the spread of COVID-19. The suspension will last at until further notice.

Cameron Parish Beaches and Parks

The Cameron Parish Police Jury asks people to PLEASE AVOID BEACHES AND PARKS. Each of us can and must do our part to fight the spread of COVID-19 infection. Let’s all follow the president's and the governor’s directives to stay home — and only go out for essential supplies. The Police Jury strongly discourages people from gathering at our beaches and parks.



Restaurant Updates

To comply with an order from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, restaurants are limited to delivery, take out and drive-thru orders only. With this in mind, we have taken the time to compile separate lists for the various ordering options that local restaurants are offering. In addition, some restaurant hours may differ from their traditional operating hours, and we have listed the temporary hours on the restaurant details page. 

This is a difficult time for the service industry and many of our friends and family are being affected. Help us do all we can to support them through this trying time. If you do not see a particular restaurant on our list and would like to add them, please update restaurant information HERE or email aorr@visitlakecharles.org.

*Restaurant hours, menus, and services may change. Please call restaurants ahead of time for details on ordering.

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Updates for Residents

In accordance with federal, state and local emergency declarations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the City of Lake Charles provides this update regarding City operations.

With few exceptions, all City services, including public safety, transit, and garbage and trash collection, remain in operation as usual. City Hall will remain open with normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Beginning Monday, March 16, City recreation centers and 1911 Historic City Hall will be closed to the public. Central School and the Transit Center will remain open for regularly scheduled business activities of tenants, but non-regular/special events will be suspended.

The City will continuously re-evaluate this status and provide regular updates as they occur.

For current information on the status of City of Lake Charles services, visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.

2-1-1

For the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, dial 211, text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 or visit www.la211help.org. Visit www.CDC.gov for proper handwashing and other preventative guidelines.

An alliance of Louisiana non-profit organizations dedicated to serving the public through the 2-1-1 Initiative. 2-1-1 is a simple, easy to remember three-digit phone number that provides access to community information and referral systems to gain assistance in accessing human services.

Local Services

  • Dental offices in Louisiana will only perform essential procedures starting March 18 until at least April 16. If you have a question about your dental appointment and which services can be performed, please contact your dentist’s office directly.

  • Calcasieu Parish Public Libraries are closing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, and will remain closed until further notice. Due dates will be extended. Patrons are asked to please keep their items with them, and not to leave any items in the book drops or at any libraries.

  • DOTD is asking all motorists who are using the Cameron Ferry to remain in their vehicles as a precaution to limit the amount of interaction between riders.

  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries offices are closed to the public indefinitely starting March 17. More information about how to secure your licenses, boat registrations or tags can be found here: http://ow.ly/htaC50yNfVn.