Cosimo’s begins operating as restaurant to stay open amid COVID-19 restrictions

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Cosimo’s, located at 1201 Burgundy St., reopened Saturday after obtaining a permit and is now operating as a restaurant in order to comply with New Orleans phased guidelines, as bars in the French Quarter seek ways to stay in business amid COVID-19 restrictions.

Cosimo’s reopened Saturday at 2 p.m. and with several changes, including the addition of physically-distanced tables and a set of restrictions that, if followed, will keep the business open.

Restrictions include: food orders are required to keep your table, walking around is prohibited, a mask is required when not seated at the table, signing in and a squirt of hand sanitzer upon entry.

Dogs are allowed, but must be on a leash and can’t be on bar stools.

To-go alcohol is prohibited.

The business closed following a July 11 order by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards that closed bars statewide in response to rising numbers of the coronavirus

Then, on July 24, Mayor LaToya Cantrell indefinitely suspended to-go alcohol sales, effectively preventing all city bars from operating. The rule also applies to restaurants, although they are allowed to operate and serve alcohol, but with table service only.

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