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

Bars in eligible parishes can now sell alcohol for an additional hour as part of Phase 3

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday, Sept. 17 he altered his Phase 3 order to allow the on-site 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. The amendment to the executive order came after Gov. Edwards had discussions with restaurant and hospitality industry leaders.

Alcohol sales and on-site consumption ended at 10 p.m. under the Gov. Edwards previous Phase 3 order. Gov. Edwards said those measures were recommended by the White House and designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across the state.

While bars remain closed for on-site consumption in some areas, in parishes with lower incidence of COVID, local government may opt in to open their bars. Four parishes that are eligible have opted in so far: Acadia, Jefferson 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.”

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