Bar owners sue Louisiana governor over virus restrictions

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By MELINDA DESLATTE

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Eleven Louisiana bar owners have filed a lawsuit against Gov. John Bel Edwards. They are arguing his coronavirus rules limiting bars to takeout and delivery unlawfully target one business sector and impose overly harsh restrictions. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Lafayette federal court by bars located across Acadiana, including in New Iberia, Morgan City, Youngsville and Lafayette. The Louisiana Department of Health says it has traced 464 confirmed coronavirus infections to 41 bars, among the largest number of cases tracked to a specific type of business. The White House’s coronavirus task force recommended Louisiana close bars to reduce public health risks and to lessen the spread of the virus.