Judge denies motion for Acadiana bar owners to reopen immediately; sets Aug. 17 hearing


LAFAYETTE, La. (The Advertiser)- A Louisiana federal judge Friday denied a motion to allow a group of Acadiana bar owners to reopen until a hearing can be held to determine whether an injunction will be issued blocking Gov. John Bel Edwards’ COVID-19 closures of their pubs.

Lafayette U.S. Western District Judge Robert Summerhays instead set a preliminary injunction hearing at 10 a.m. Aug. 17 to determine whether to issue an injunction that would allow the owners to reopen until a trial can be held on the lawsuit the bar owners filed to overturn Edwards’ proclamation.

Attorneys for the bar owners and Edwards confirmed the judge’s decision.

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