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Gov. Edwards adjusts Phase 3 order to extend alcohol sales by one hour

Sales, consumption can continue until 11 p.m.
Gov. Edwards
Posted at 5:43 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 18:43:52-04

Following discussions with restaurant and hospitality industry leaders, Governor John Bel Edwards on Thursday altered his Phase 3 order to allow the on-premises sale and consumption of alcohol until 11 p.m. at restaurants, casinos, and bars in parishes that are eligible to opt in to reopen bars. All bars must still close by 11 p.m.

The governor's order previously ended the sale or service of alcohol for on-site consumption at 10 p.m. While bars remain closed in Phase 3 for on-site consumption in most areas, parishes with lower incidence of COVID-19 may opt in to open their bars. So far, four parishes have done so: Acadia, Jeff Davis, St. Landry, and Plaquemines.

"I had a productive discussion this week with several restauranteurs and the Louisiana Restaurant Association and agreed that allowing the sale and service of alcohol until 11 p.m. for on premises consumption was a meaningful change we could make to the Phase 3 order to benefit restaurants that may have later service. To be consistent, my updated order will allow casinos and bars in parishes where they are allowed to be open to also serve alcohol for on-site consumption until 11 p.m. However, opened bars will still be required to close at 11 p.m.," Gov. Edwards said. "Limiting hours for alcohol consumption is designed to reduce the amount of higher risk behavior in the community. This change has been implemented in several states, including Colorado, and has also been recommended by the White House Coronavirus Task Force."

Click here to read the updated order.

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