Governor John Bel Edwards is encouraging operators of Louisiana restaurants, bars, catering companies and other food-related establishments to register for the U.S. Small Business Administration's new Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
The Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a group of bars in the Lafayette and the New Orleans areas who have asked the courts to block the governor’s coronavirus restrictions that have kept bars from opening during the pandemic.
The state is now under a modified Phase 2 that went into effect today. These restrictions call for bars in parishes that exceed 5% positivity for two consecutive weeks to cease serving customers indoors.
Bars in West Baton Rouge Parish are having to close after reaching COVID-19 positivity rates above the State of Louisiana's limits. All on-premise consumption has been stopped until the percent positivity rate drops below the 5% mark for two weeks.