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Court grants LDH petition for temporary order against Ruston restaurant following COVID-19 violations

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Posted at 8:47 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 21:47:35-04

The Louisiana Department of Health obtained a temporary restraining order on Friday against Peking Buffet in Ruston following "excessive non-compliance" with Gov. John Bel Edwards' emergency orders.

The order was issued by the Third Judicial District Court of Louisiana, pursuant to a Petition for Temporary Restraining Order, Preliminary, and Permanent Injunction filed by LDH on August 13, 2020. The order prohibits the restaurant from operating until further order of the court. A Preliminary Injunction hearing has been set for August 21.

The most recent inspection by LDH on August 12 confirmed again that the restaurant was not complying with the provision of the governor's proclamation prohibiting self-service buffets.

LDH has now obtained such orders against two Louisiana restaurants. In recent weeks, a Denham Springs restaurant was forced to close after violating the governor's mask mandate.

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