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Not Playing by the Rules: Several Local Businesses Charged With Violating Covid Regulations

10:00 August 05, 2020
By: Sofia Gomez Alonso

According to, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statement in July that mandates that all residents of the state of Louisiana, above the age of eight, must wear appropriate face coverings when entering public spaces. Despite the issuing of this regulation, there have been repeated accounts of incidents of citizens who refuse to comply with the guidelines put in place in order to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.

For instance, a fight erupted at Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie in early July, when a woman refused to wear a mask after being asked by one of the mall vendors. The woman did not leave the premises when asked to do so by the security team at the mall, and she was later escorted out by the Sheriff's Office deputies. Gretchen Conners, the 50-year-old woman who refused to wear a mask in Lakeside Shopping Center, was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna with a $1,500 bond. She was released later during the day, due to overcrowding of the jail, reports.

Similarly, two bars were issued a misdemeanor summons for violating the state's proclamation that bans the operating and serving of on-premises drinks at bars. The two bars in question are El Patron on Pratt Street and Nany's Antojitos on Van Trump Street. According to Gretna's Police Department, both establishments were serving only drinks (without food, which is a requirement) when officers came to inspect the bars after having received complaints.

The state of Louisiana will hold hearings to review the possible suspension of four liquor licenses of businesses across the state that have been operating without taking into account the legislation set in place in order to reduce the impact of the pandemic.

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