Most Acadiana bars will remain closed under Governor Edwards' Phase Three guidelines announced on Friday.
The order states that bars are allowed to open if they are located in a parish that has a percent positivity of 5% or less for two consecutive weeks.
According to Louisiana Department of Health Region Four Director Dr. Tina Stefanski, Lafayette Parish's current percent positivity is at 6.1%.
Only Plaquemines, Orleans, St. John the Baptist, Jeff Davis, and Bienville Parishes meet the criteria for reopening in Phase Three.
Below are the parishes in Acadiana and their percent positivity rates for the weeks of 8/20-8/26 and 8/27-9/2:
Acadia: 6.8%, 3.9%
Calcasieu: 5.6%, 5.9%
Evangeline: 8.5%, 8.1%
Iberia: 5.7%, 5.5%
Jeff Davis: 3.3%, 2.8%*
Lafayette: 6.0%, 6.1%
St. Landry: 5.2%, 3.5%
St. Martin: 8.0%, 10.9%
St. Mary: 12.2%, 10.5%
Vermilion: 8.4%, 5.8%
*Jeff Davis meets criteria to reopen in Phase Three
According to the guidelines, bars must get permission from parish authorities to allow them to open after the 5% threshold has been met. Find more data parish-by-parish from LDH here.
Bars with a food service permit from the Louisiana Department of Health, restaurants that serve alcohol, weddings, and casinos must adhere to the following guidelines:
•Bars 25% capacity up to 50 people
•No more than 50 people outdoors
•All customers must be seated
•No live music
•Drinks must be served at a table and delivered by wait-staff
•Alcohol sales end at 10:00 pm and customers must be out by 11:00 pm
Additional guidance from the State Fire Marshal's Office can be found at opensafely.la.gov and more on Phase Three can be found here.
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