Bars and restaurants prohibited from selling take-out drinks due to COVID-19 spike in Orleans Parish

Orleans Parish takes on new restrictions during spike

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - New Orleans City Officials gave an update on more restrictions to Orleans Parish restaurants and bars.

All bars and restaurants will now be prohibited from selling take-out and drive-through drinks starting at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 25.

Cantrell also spoke about illegal gatherings in non-permitted party buses and short-term rentals used for make-shift venues.

Cantrell also announced it is illegal for party buses to operate, and short term rentals not following phase 2 guidelines could risk losing their permits indefinitely.

Gathering sizes will also be limited to 25 people as well.

The mayor says there will be an initiative for restaurants to receive $600 to expand outdoor seating during this time.

Orleans Parish currently has 9,752 cases and 548 total deaths, according to a tweet by Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

Since mid-June, the average cases in the city has increased. Wide-spread community transmission is the assumed cause of the increase of COVID-19, according to the Director of the New Orleans Department of Health, Dr. Jennifer Avegno.

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