In response to the expanding outbreak of COVID-19, Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a temporary shutdown of bars, casinos, and movie theaters through April 13, 2020. This order applies to all Class A-General (AG) permit holders, with the exceptions of existing drive through daiquiri shops and restaurants granted conditional use permits, Juana Lombard, ATC Commissioner, states in a release.
The order also limits restaurant functions to take-out, delivery, or drive through service only. Accordingly, businesses and their employees are urged to limit physical contact with the public and adhere to the social distancing policy.
On a temporary basis, ATC will allow restaurant permit holders to sell or offer for sale prepackaged beer and/or wine through drive through or curbside pick-up.
Any restaurant intending to offer delivery of food with beer or wine by their own employees may submit to the ATC an application for alcohol delivery.
ATC will prioritize the processing of all delivery applications.
Businesses are encouraged to submit their applications online but may also submit applications by mail or via email directly to ATC-Attorneys@atc.la.gov.
Lombard states, "We understand that this is a challenging time but are urging businesses to consider the health and welfare of their employees and customers as Louisiana is under a state of emergency."
Governor Edwards and local leaders have issued proclamations which have the weight of law. It is intended to restrict social gathering to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Any licensee failing to comply with these proclamations may risk having their permit summarily suspended for endangering the public health, safety, and welfare under LSA. R.S. 49:961(c). The policy will be update as the situation evolves.
For any concerns or questions contact ATC at (225) 925-4041.