Even more cities and states bar dine-in service

A number of states and cities Monday ordered restaurants and bars to close on-premise operations as leaders seek to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
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More cities and states barred dine-in operations Monday as governments work to slow the spread of COVID-19 around the country.

Among the latest shutdowns of dine-in operations:

  • Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that all restaurants must switch to takeout and delivery only, and bars must close, until at least April 13.

“I also know that social distancing goes against our fiber of being Louisianans,” Bel Edwards said during a press conference. “Our mitigation efforts will not have their intended effect unless the people of Louisiana abide by them.”

  • Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Monday declared that all operators must move to delivery, takeout and drive-thru orders, in an order that takes effect at noon Tuesday.


  • In the San Francisco Bay Area, residents of six counties must “shelter in place” until April 7. The affected counties include San Francisco. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.


  • On Monday, the leaders of Washington, D.C., and Maryland ordered all restaurants to close to dine-in customers. Businesses can continue with takeout and delivery.


  • In Indiana, Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday said that all bars and restaurants must close for dine-in service through the end of March.

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