St. Martin Parish is opting-in to reopen bars within the parish.
Parish President Chester Cedars issued a declaration on Wednesday, September 30 stating that the St. Martin Parish Government had opted in.
Cedars says that the LDH data shows that the percent positivity rate for St. Martin Parish over the last two consecutive weeks has been at 3 percent for each week.
Under the state's Phase 3 guidelines, bars can reopen if parish governments opt in after officially falling under the required 5% COVID-19 positivity for two consecutive weeks.
Reopened bars may offer table-side service only; standing and bar service is prohibited. Indoor capacity will be limited to a 25% occupancy rate or 50 people, whichever is less. Outdoor capacity will be limited to 50 people and only available for table-side service. Tables will be spaced in accordance with State Fire Marshal social distancing guidelines.
Bars and other Class AG permit holders may open from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m., but the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m. is prohibited. Live music is prohibited and no person under the age of 21 is allowed on the premises.
Parish business owners should check state Phase Three guidelines at opensafely.la.gov for specific reopening requirements.
Several parishes have already been able to opt in including St. Landry, Acadia and Jeff Davis Parish, Lafayette and St. Mary Parishes
If a parish that opts in subsequently exceeds 10% positivity for two consecutive weeks, bars in the parish must close for on-premises consumption until the percent positivity decreases to 5% or less for two consecutive weeks.
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