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Bar workers mulling lawsuit over closures

Posted at 6:02 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 19:02:28-04

An Iberia Parish bar owner and several bartenders are considering filing a lawsuit over the recent closures.

Ty Baudoin, owner of Quarter Tavern, has been joined by area bartenders to file the suit, for which they are requesting class status. If the judge decides they represent a class, they can proceed as a class action.

Yesterday, Gov. John Bel Edwards extended Phase II for another two weeks; last week he issued a mask mandate and closed bars again. Edwards said his actions were based on Louisiana's infection rates and the urging of the White House COVID-19 Task Force. Vice President Pence and other members of that task force visited Louisiana last week.

As of yesterday, Louisiana's 96,583 cases mean that 2.0776% of the population has been infected, bringing it up to second in the nation for per capita cases, just behind New York, the Governor said.

Ty Baudoin, owner of New Iberia's Quarter Tavern, explained, "It's not fair to us when you can go to a casino and sit at a bar and drink, or go to a bowling alley or a restaurant and sit at a bar and drink all night long when us as bar owners can't open."