Program Aims To Help NOLA Restaurants As COVID-19 Restrictions Tighten

Signs on tables inside Pere Antoine's Restaurant in the French Quarter indicate social distancing measures with certain tables to remain empty on May 16, 2020. (Photo by Claire Bangser/AFP via Getty Images)

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is announcing a new program to help expand outside seating at restaurants.

Cantrell's office revealed the new $250,000 grant program over the weekend, saying it is designed to help businesses create more outdoor dining spaces.

The money will be available in individual grants of around six-thousand-dollars for the purchase of physical improvements, including tents, chairs, misting systems, and other equipment.

The program comes on the heels of a new order ending to-go cups as part of an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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