Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome signed an executive order Monday that temporarily suspended the City-Parish’s ordinance governing the suspension or revocation of licenses and permits for bars due to non-payment of local taxes.
“We are taking action to give those businesses whose primary revenue source is from the sale of alcohol, and that are closed during this time, the ability and time to recover without the risk of having their license revoked,” said Mayor Broome. “Protecting our economy is a primary concern as we evaluate the long-term impacts of the coronavirus on local and small businesses.”
The executive order suspends the ordinance for the remainder of 2020. Mayor Broome said the Alcohol Beverage Control board, who is the agency responsible for permit, is working closely with her office to review ways to assist bars and restaurants through closings and changes to their operations amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The order follows Mayor Broome’s order that extended the time for business in the City-Parish to file local sales tax return, and the suspension of the parish’s local sign ordinance.