The Louisiana Restaurant Association, under the guidance of LRA President and CEO Stan Harris, is urging New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell to align with the state’s COVID guidelines, allowing the industry to begin rebuilding from lost opportunity the pandemic has delivered, through no fault of its own.
Governor John Bel Edwards has followed the science and the data removing the State’s previous percentage of occupancy restriction and its prior limit on cut-off time for alcohol service. His order retained the mask mandate and six foot social distancing requirements.
“Our hospitality industry was asked to close, operate to-go, delivery or curbside, return to limited capacity and adapt to help flatten the curve and reduce the impact to our hospital capacity,” explained Harris. “We’ve been working recently to encourage our industry team members to embrace the available COVID vaccines to further limit spread of this virus.”
New Orleans has generated the some of the best outcomes statewide related to positivity, new cases (less than 20 per day average) and COVID-related hospitalizations. We enjoy these outcomes due to the support of the restaurants, bars and hotels through their food and beverage outlets.
“It is now time to allow these businesses to enjoy the same approach to COVID mitigation our other 63 parishes in the State are allowed to follow,” said Harris.