The mayor of New Orleans has allowed restaurants in the city to serve take-out alcoholic beverages to customers. It comes as the city relaxes some of its restrictions relating to curbing the coronavirus.
Alcohol to-go Now Allowed
On Friday, the mayor of New Orleans, Latoya Cantrell, announced that customers can now order alcoholic drinks via take-out, curbside pickup, and drive-thru services, starting September 25. Meanwhile, the city has allowed restaurants already to serve alcohol to diners as bars remain closed at the moment.
Since July, the mayor has banned restaurants. The city even banned curbside pickup from bars to sell to-go alcohols. That, despite Louisiana’s looser guidelines. But with the change, restos can now sell take-out alcohol within the specified time between 8 am and 11 pm.
While bars remain closed, restaurants in New Orleans can now serve to-go alcoholic drinks, easing the Covid-19 restrictions https://t.co/qGLgSoxQNg
— CNN Business (@CNNBusiness) September 26, 2020
Easing More Restrictions
The decision comes as the New Orleans mayor decides to ease some COVID-19-related restrictions. By October, playgrounds can already reopen, as well as high school athletics.
CNN quoted a statement from the mayor’s office. It reads: “The City will continue to monitor the number of cases as the schools move to in-person instruction in order to prepare for the next steps in the safe, phased reopening of New Orleans.”
The Orleans Parish has reported over 12,000 COVID-19 cases, CNN said. Moreover, about 600 has died in total as of last week.
Remaining in Phase 2
The pandemic has forced many businesses to close their establishments, especially for bars, in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Bars can only reopen in Phase 3.
The Orleans Parish has remained in a lighter version of Phase 2, which still prohibits the reopening of bars. Customers in the city previously can order alcoholic drinks for dine-in meals.
Actually, Cantrell has kept the city in Phase 2, while the rest of the state has already moved on to Phase 3. However, a spokesperson for the city said some restrictions could be further eased in the coming weeks, a local publication Eater NOLA reports.