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

Gov. Edwards alters Phase 3 order to extend alcohol sales by one hour
Liquor shelf at a bar (FILE) (Source: WVIR)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Governor John Bel Edwards altered his Phase 3 order allowing establishments one extra hour of on-premise sales and consumption of alcohol.

Restaurants, casinos and bars are now allowed to remain open and allow on-premise consumption until 11 p.m. The initial order ended the sale of alcohol at 10 p.m., according to the statement.

“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.”

Four eligible parishes that have opted in include Acadia, Jefferson Davis, St. Landry and Plaquemines.

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