Federal judge rules Gov. Edwards’ COVID-19 restrictions on bars are constitutional
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The restrictions on bars put in place in mid-July by Governor John Bel Edwards to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana have been deemed constitutional by a federal judge.
Judge Martin L.C. Feldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana upheld the governor’s restrictions on bars Monday, Aug. 17 after several Louisiana bar owners filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the restrictions.
Gov. Edwards issued the following statement to Judge Feldman’s ruling:
“I am pleased that Judge Feldman upheld bar restrictions, which is one of the critical mitigation measures put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana to protect and save lives. The evidence is clear that mask mandates and closing on-site consumption at bars work, and more than a month after implementing both measures in Louisiana the data shows they are working.”
“My orders are consistent with my authority and also with recommendations of public health experts and President Trump’s White House Coronavirus Task Force, which puts Louisiana in the ‘red zone’ for new cases and ‘yellow zone’ for testing positivity rates and recommends bar closures as part of the strategy to slow the spread of this illness. We have already lost more than 4,400 Louisianans to this illness, and we must take every action we can to fight for the health of our state. I know these orders are hard on business owners, and I did not undertake them lightly. However, they offer the best shot for us to be able to open as much of our economy as possible while still keeping the ability to provide life-saving health care in our hospitals.”
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