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MWMCVB Coronavirus Updates







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As of March 21, 2020 – 5:30 pm

Today, local government officials confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Ouachita Parish. The safety of our residents and visitors is the top priority of the Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Therefore, we are advising the public to stay home unless absolutely necessary.

Please continue to take safety precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, such as washing your hands, avoid touching your face, avoid close contact and staying home if you are sick.

Our visitor center will remain closed to the public until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and will make updates to this page and other areas of our website as needed.

Thank you and stay safe.


As of March 16, 2020 - 4:13 pm

We are all on heightened sensitivity for our country as well as our tourism industry as the international pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues. While public safety is the most important factor to consider, we want to be proactive in prevention of spreading the virus. We have been monitoring the state governmental agencies and their updates. We are working with our meetings, conventions, and sporting events to make the best determinations possible to ensure the safety of both participants and the public. We will continue to provide current and accurate information on event cancellations, postponements, and rescheduled dates as we receive it. Please see the list below for updated information. 

Local Attraction Updates
Pecanland Mall- New operating hours of Monday-Saturday from 12pm-7pm; Sunday 12 pm-6pm
Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo- closed until further notice
Monroe Civic Center- closed until further notice
Biedenharn Museum & Gardens- closed until further notice
Black Bayou Lake NWR- Visitor Center and pier closed; Trails open sunrise to sunset
Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum- closed until further notice
Masur Museum of Art- closed until further notice


As of March 11, 2020 - 4:30 pm

MWMCVB’s Official Statement Regarding the Coronavirus
The Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau is monitoring the current situation regarding the coronavirus. Currently, no known cases have been reported in Ouachita Parish or our surrounding parishes. We are following the updates from local officials, health officials, and national travel organizations and will provide further updates as needed.

We understand that travelers have concerns about maintaining their travel plans, but we also want you to know that your safety is our top priority. We encourage you to observe the health recommendations provided by the Center for Disease Control and other public health officials. We will remain in close contact with our event coordinators and event venues to ensure that every effort will be made to provide the proper safety precautions.

Local Restaurant Updates

As of March 16, all restaurants are limited to drive-thru and delivery only. We have an updated list of special deals and offerings by these restaurants. Read it here!


Helpful Links:
Center for Disease Control Coronavirus Information
Louisiana Department of Health Coronavirus Updates
Louisiana Office of the Governor Updates
City of Monroe Updates
University of Louisiana at Monroe Updates
Ouachita Parish School Board Updates

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