St. James Parish allowed to reopen bars during Phase 3

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In this Friday, June 12, 2020 photo, stacks of signs for welcoming back patrons sit on the bar at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The city is allowing bars to open – with limited capacity and without live music – on Saturday. Bars were among the businesses shut down in mid-March as coronavirus infections increased in New Orleans and Louisiana became a hot spot for the disease. (AP Photo/Kevin McGill)

ST. JAMES PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – Phase 3 of reopening the state allows bars to reopen if they have a COVID-19 positivity rate of five percent or less for two consecutive weeks. 

St. James Parish bars have now met that criteria, allowing bars to reopen.

“The residents and business owners of our parish have been complying with local and state mandates, therefore, affording us the opportunity to lift restrictions,” said Parish President, Dufresne.  “I encourage businesses to follow the Governor’s guidelines in hopes of continuing to lessen restrictions in St. James Parish.”

While the bars are allowed to reopen they still have to follow guidelines including:

  • Parish maintains a percent positivity rate of 5% or less; should the parish exceed 10% positivity for two consecutive weeks, bars shall close until percent positivity decreases to 5% or less.
  • Bars are permitted to operate with table service at 25% capacity up to 50 patrons; no walk-up service at the bar shall be allowed.
  • Alcohol sales at all venues must end and bars must close by 11 p.m.
  • Outdoor table service is allowed; no standing room capacity shall be permitted
  • All seating must be socially distanced


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