For some Baton Rouge businesses restrictions still apply despite loosened coronavirus rules

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Though strict occupancy limits and some other restrictions have been lifted, local businesses expect varying degrees of relief for their operations because social distancing measures remain in place to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re still limited by seating,” said Jeremy Achberger, owner of Lakeside Daiquiri & Grill. While the Burbank Drive bar had standing room for hundreds of people before the outbreak of the pandemic, about 80 people can sit down inside and outside.

Social distancing restrictions mean customers will still have to sit at tables when they drink at Lakeside, instead of standing around the bar like they did in the past. But the order that went into effect Wednesday does away with the 11 p.m. curfew on alcohol sales, which had forced the bar to close early.

Achberger said during the months the alcohol curfew has been in effect, customers have gotten used to going home by 11 p.m. He doesn’t know if people will immediately start staying at Lakeside until 2 a.m.

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