Orleans Parish bars ordered to close indoor operations due increasing COVID-19 rate

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New Orleans bars, breweries and live entertainment venues were ordered to close their indoor operations by 11 p.m. Wednesday due to an increasing COVID-19 infection rate across the parish.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued the order Wednesday morning, citing a state guidelines requiring such businesses to cease indoor alcohol sales and service in parishes whose coronavirus infection rate exceed 5%. The Louisiana Department of Health reported a positive case rate of 5.5% for the second week in a row.

In addition, alcohol sales at indoor sporting events are suspended due to the order.

Orleans Parish bars and breweries, however, can still continue alcohol sales through take-out, drive-thru or curbside pickup according to a city spokeswoman.

Additionally, outdoor seating is only allowed for up to 50 people at tables that are socially distanced. Bars still must close by 11 p.m..

New Orleans remains in a modified “Phase 2” of coronavirus restrictions, a list of which can be found on the city’s website.