New Orleans allows go-cups amid Phase 2 restrictions


    The Bourbon Cowboy bar is boarded up with a message reading "We will survive" in the French Quarter on July 14, 2020 in New Orleans. Louisiana. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell's administration announced Friday that bars in the city can resume selling alcohol to go or curbside. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

    In the latest easing of Phase 2 coronavirus restrictions, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced Friday that restaurants may resume serving alcoholic drinks via drive-through, takeout and curbside pickup options between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

    The new guideline took effect at 5 p.m. on Friday and applied to all restaurants within Orleans Parish, according to a press release from Cantrell’s office.

    The announcement is the latest among a series of actions Cantrell has taken to relax Phase 2 COVID-19 restrictions. On Monday, the city reopened playgrounds and made allowances for high school athletics to resume activities in early October and to resume football practices immediately.

    The city is continuing to monitor its COVID-19 situation as schools move to in-person instruction.

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    Wesley Muller
    Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the following 22 years since then, he has worked as a journalist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. Much of his work has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and watchdog coverage of municipal and state government. He has received several honors and recognitions, including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus, a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper, and an adjunct English teacher at Baton Rouge Community College. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his teenage son and his wife, who is also a journalist.