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Lafayette allows indoor, outdoor live music under Phase 1

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Posted at 5:06 PM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-30 18:09:06-04

LAFAYETTE, La. - Officials won't shut down live music events, indoors or outdoors, even if large crowds attend, despite restrictions under the Phase 1 reopening put in place by the governor, according to The Advocate.

Some residents on social media reported instances businesses and people who don't appear to be complying with the restrictions. Motorists driving down Ambassador Caffery Parkway near Kaliste Saloom Road Friday night may have wondered the same, reported the paper. Several tents were erected in a parking lot of a restaurant on Ambassador Caffery Parkway for an outdoor music event. One observer described the scene as hundreds of vehicles packed the parking lot for a local band at the restaurant.

After asking the city-attorney for legal advice, Lafayette Fire Chief Robert Benoit, whose department along with the city police is charged with enforcing regulations, said Friday evening he told his employees to "back off" and take no action regarding the live music events.

After hearing about the events, Benoit said he asked Lafayette City-Parish Attorney Gregory Logan for legal advice on what action, if any, to take. According to The Advocate, Benoit said Logan told him the Louisiana Attorney General advised under Phase 1, live music is allowed for small venues, just not for large venues such as the Cajundome.

Read the whole story by The Advocate.

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