BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — Bar establishments across Louisiana are no longer open to patrons, after Governor John Bel Edwards ordered a variety of business closures in an effort to curtail the coronavirus outbreak.
In an unprecedented move, bar owners were forced to temporarily close at midnight on March 17, when the statewide executive order went into effect.
Owners of bar businesses are left with little to no direction on how to proceed. Employees are left without a job, as service industry workers are rarely offered benefits.
Hayride Scandal partner Remi DeMatteo and bartender Brian Landry, joined the FOX 44 morning show on St. Patrick’s Day to discuss the uncertainty.
DeMatteo said his number one concern during this time, is his staff. He said patrons of Hayride Scandal can support employees during the closure by donating to a GoFundMe page.
“As we all prepare to go into hibernation to safely endure the COVID-19 pandemic, our bar and custodial staff will be out of work for at least one month. We’ve been asked how you can help. If you’re a patron of Hayride Scandal and have the means, please consider donating to this fund to help them endure the month ahead. Any size donation (consider it a tip) will help them keep their homes, keep food on the table for themselves and their families and give them a sense of security and well-being until this crisis passes. Thank you for your generosity and we look forward to serving you on the other side.”Remi DeMatteo, Partner, Hayride Scandal/ GoFundMe Page
At the time of this article’s publication, $185 of the $20,000 goal had been raised.
Landry said the establishment will take this time to clean, sanitize and further develop an elite customer experience. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, he also shared one of his favorite cocktail recipes for people who may want to celebrate the holiday at home.
Bars across the Capital City will remain closed until April 13, unless Gov. Edwards advises otherwise.