Louisiana bar owners struck out on their challenge to restrictions on their operations in the wake of Covid-19 after the Fifth Circuit Wednesday found no equal protection violation.
The July 2020 order issued by Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) prohibits on-site consumption of alcohol and food at bars, but it allows such on-site consumption at restaurants.
The plaintiffs, 21 Louisiana bar owners, argued the order should be struck down because it unconstitionally treats bars and restaurants differently.
But the order doesn’t violate the owners’ equal protection rights because it serves a legitimate government interest—protecting public health and safety—and the distinction...