A group of bars in the Lafayette and the New Orleans areas have lost after asking the courts to block Governor John Bel Edwards' coronavirus restrictions that have kept the business from opening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor John Bel Edwards released the following statement via press release after the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in his favor:

None of the decisions I have made for the past 10 months have been easy, especially when it comes to limiting businesses, and I am pleased that another court has upheld what I have always said: that these orders are completely constitutional, legal and necessary to protect public health. All of these sensible mitigation measures were recommended by public health experts as COVID-19 has ravaged our state, infecting more than 355,835 people and killing 8,022 Louisianans already. COVID is a bigger threat today than it has ever been in Louisiana and all of us must take steps now to protect ourselves and those around us, including wearing masks, keeping social distance, staying home when we are sick and avoiding gatherings with people outside of our households. The vaccines that are available represent a light at the end of the tunnel, but until they are more widely available to the public our best chance of slowing the spread of the virus is to follow the mitigation measures that have already proven to work effectively. If we all do that, I know that we will get to the place we all want to be.

According to the governor’s office, it’s the ninth time a court has ruled in the favor of the state’s public health orders.

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