Orleans Parish Bars Must Cease Indoor Service Tonight

Customers line up outside Krystal on Bourbon Street. Photo by Jenn Bentley

The Lousiana Department of Health reported today that Orleans Parish has surpassed the 5 percent positivity threshold. This means that per the extended Phase 2 guidelines put in place by Gov. John Bel Edwards, the City of New Orleans has ordered all indoor bar service to cease at 11:00 p.m. tonight.

New Orleans Health Director Dr. Jennifer Avegno had previously warned residents that this could happen following a spike in cases after the Thanksgiving holiday. Both Avegno and Mayor LaToya Cantrell have been urging residents to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines of staying home as much as possible, social distancing, and wearing a mask or face covering.

New Orleans has been listed as having an active outbreak with community spread since mid-November.

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