Bar Owners Sue Gov. Edwards Over Virus Restrictions

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Eleven Louisiana bar owners are filing a lawsuit against Governor John Bel Edwards for his restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The owners filed the suit Wednesday arguing that Governor Edwards' coronavirus rules limiting bars to takeout and delivery unlawfully target one business sector and impose overly harsh restrictions.

The bars argue Edwards cannot show a "real or substantial relation" between the closure of bars to onsite drinking and the public health crisis.

They say only a small number of known COVID-19 cases have been traced to bars by the state, and they say none of those cases were tracked to their businesses.

The suit comes as another 69 COVID related deaths were reported yesterday, bringing the number of Louisiana residents who have died from the coronavirus to $3,769.

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