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

New Orleans is ramping up coronavirus restrictions to include a ban on take-out alcoholic beverages.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced an update on more restrictions to Orleans Parish restaurants and bars during a press conference on Friday afternoon.

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.

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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.

“The best thing for us to do is to prevent these type of sales moving forward,” Cantrell said during the press conference on Friday.

There have been concerns about recent numbers due to community spread and residents who continue to participate in large gatherings.

Mayor Cantrell also stated concerns over the uptick in the usage of party buses and parties at short-term rentals.