Bars can stay open for indoor service in New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell introduced in a press convention Wednesday afternoon, defying expectations that extra restrictions could be launched this week primarily based on current coronavirus knowledge. That makes Orleans Parish the one parish in Louisiana that may maintain bars open for indoor service, as primarily based on state pointers.
Weekly knowledge launched Wednesday reveals New Orleans’s positivity charge at 4.75 p.c, down from 5.2 p.c the week earlier than. Beneath the state pointers introduced by Gov. John Bel Edwards final month, parishes with positivity charges above 5 p.c for 2 weeks in a row should finish indoor bar service. As a result of New Orleans’s charge crossed the edge final week, the expectation was for the mayor to close down bars, particularly in gentle of town enacting stricter measures than the state at earlier factors through the pandemic.
On the time of Gov. Edwards’s “modified section 2” order, which went into place November 25, New Orleans was considered one of solely seven parishes permitted to maintain bars open for indoor service. Now, with neighboring St. Bernard Parish firmly above the state’s positivity charge threshold, it’s the solely parish in Louisiana that also qualifies. Bars and breweries in New Orleans have been first allowed to reopen for indoor service at 25 p.c capability in mid-November when town entered section 3.3, a couple of month after bars may reopen in Louisiana.
Edwards beforehand mentioned the state’s pointers shall be in place by means of at the very least the tip of the 12 months.
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