Coronavirus and traveling to Natchitoches

March 14, 2020

In an effort to keep our industry partners, visitors and communities informed during this time, please find the following information and links from several entities regarding closures and event cancellations and/or postponements. We will make every effort to keep you updated on any future changes.

These are the latest announcements:

  • The Natchitoches Visitor Information Center is closed to the public, but still answering phone calls, emails, and social media messages.
  • Cane River Creole National Historic Park is closed until further notice. Updates on National Parks can be found HERE.
  • Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site grounds will be open to the public, but the Visitor Center is closed at this time. Updates on Louisiana State Parks can be found HERE.
  • Grand Ecore Visitors Center is closed until further notice.
  • Cane River National Heritage Area walking tours cancelled until further notice.
  • Natchitoches Art Guild & Heritage Gallery is closed until further notice.
  • Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum is closed until further notice, and events are cancelled.
  • Melrose Plantation is closed.
  • The Alligator Park is closed until further notice.
  • Natchitoches Parish Library is closed to the public. All digital services are still available.
  • Country Lanes Bowling Alley is closed.
  • Parkway Cinema is closed until April 13.
  • Kisatchie National Forest - Group-use and campgrounds areas are closed, but trails and boat launches are still open.

For a list of current restaurant options, please click HERE.

For a list of shop openings and closures, please click HERE.

At this time, these events have been cancelled or postponed due to the current health threat. Please check our online calendar of events for latest updates.

  • NYP Pub Crawl - postponed
  • Natchitoches Parish Library Book Sale - cancelled
  • Flavor of Louisiana - postponed
  • Cane River Film Festival - postponed
  • Natchitoches Girls' Weekend - postponed
  • Briarwood Annual Picnic - postponed
  • Find Your Park Festival - postponed
  • Melrose Arts & Crafts Festival - postponed
  • Kiwanis 5K Run and Pancake Festival - postponed until June 6
  • Natchitoches Jazz & R/B Festival - postponed

The latest from Northwestern State University:

  • Northwestern State University will suspend all in-person classes effective at the end of the day Friday, March 13, and transition to online instruction and other remote learning alternatives beginning Thursday, March 19.  
  • Numerous university events and activities are being canceled, postponed or adjusted as a result of this public health crisis. All athletic events have been suspended through March 30, and events expected to attract more than 50 participants will be canceled or postponed to conform with social distancing criteria recommended by health authorities. Updated March 14: All remaining spring sports competitions and championship events are cancelled.
  • International travel and non-essential domestic travel has been suspended. Students, faculty and staff are directed to report to the university all personal travel to a country identified by the CDC as Level 1 or greater risk.
  • Campus gates will close at 8 p.m. nightly. 

The Natchitoches Parish School System has suspended school for all students effective Monday, March 16 until Monday, April 13 in accordance with Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proclamation made Friday, March 13.

We will continue to keep you updated as time passes.