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Louisiana Phase 3 reopening: Governor loosens alcohol restrictions on restaurant, bars

Staff report

Gov. John Bel Edwards loosened alcohol restrictions imposed under his Phase 3 order issued for COVID-19, announcing Thursday that sales at bars, restaurants and casinos eligible to open can serve an hour longer until 11 p.m.

Edwards said he took the action "following discussions with industry leaders" to expand on-premises alcohol sales and consumption. Eligible bars and restaurants can open in those parishes that report COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 5%.

St. Landry and Acadia parishes are among a few in the state that meet that threshold, and leaders there have announced bars can open.

"I had a productive discussion this week with several restaurateurs and the Louisiana Restaurant Association and agreed that allowing the sale and service of alcohol until 11 p.m. for on-premises consumption was a meaningful change we could make to the Phase 3 order to benefit restaurants that may have later service," he said.

John Bel Edwards

Under Phase 3 of the COVID reopening rules, Edwards ordered on-site sales at bars and restaurants to end at 10 p.m. and they must close by 11 p.m. His new restrictions allow sales to continue until 11 p.m. and bars close at that time.

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"Limiting hours for alcohol consumption is designed to reduce the amount of higher risk behavior in the community," Edwards tweeted Thursday.