Louisiana orders BBQ restaurant to close over failing to enforce mask orders'
A state judge has temporarily shut down a barbecue restaurant at the request of the Louisiana Health Department on Friday, for refusing to enforce mask mandate laws.
State District Judge Brenda Bedsole Ricks issued a restraining order Friday prohibiting the Firehouse BBQ in Livingston Parish, La., from operating after they refused to require workers and patrons to abide the statewide masks laws.
The business will be shut down until at least Aug. 18 pending a hearing.
Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards called the restaurant’s refusal to obey state health procedures “extremely reckless and irresponsible.”
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The Firehouse BBQ rejected the governor’s statewide mask order, calling it “an illegal mandate” and reportedly continued to operate after the state revoked their food permit. The business also posted on their Facebook page that customers and employees were “given the option to wear a mask or not.”
“It was my hope that the action today would not be necessary, but we are left with no choice as the owner insists on being non-compliant thus jeopardizing the safety of the employees and customers,” Edwards wrote on Twitter Friday.
Louisiana has reported over 128,000 confirmed cases and more than 4,000 deaths.
The state has seen recent spikes in the number of coronavirus cases which prompted Edwards to announce this week that the state will remain in phase two of reopening the economy.
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