Louisiana governor eases virus rules, lets bars open indoors



BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s bars can reopen indoors, restaurants can hold more customers and churches won’t have capacity limits for worship services starting Wednesday. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the loosened coronavirus rules Tuesday. The “Phase 3” restrictions come as Louisiana’s new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have continued to drop. Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate will remain. Restaurants, salons, movie theaters and other nonessential businesses can move to 75% capacity. The exception is for gyms, which will stay at 50% capacity. Bars will be able to let customers back inside at 25% of their occupancy limit, with a maximum of 250 people.