DENHAM SPRINGS-A Denham Springs restaurant caught the attention of the Louisiana Department of Health.
Last Friday, LDH notified Firehouse BBQ to close because the department received many complaints about the restaurant that did not comply with Governor John Bel Edwards’ mask requirements.
After visitors noticed the slogan on its window indicating the following, LDH began to receive complaints about the restaurant:
Face mask Unwanted notification For all Firehouse BBQ customers:
The use of masks by our employees for long periods of time during shifts has caused a variety of medical reactions, which have a negative impact on their ability to work. Since rebreathing one̵
Therefore, customers and employees can choose whether to wear a mask. Our store does not mandate it. If you are worried about your health, please feel free to call the side service. Employees wearing gloves and masks will deliver the food to your vehicle.
according to Aly Neel of LDH, LDH took the time to try to explain to the owner why the mandate and restrictions were performed and give them a chance to comply. Neal said that if Firehouse BBQ does not close, they will be prosecuted.
This is the first time that LDH has taken direct action against restaurants regarding COVID-19 restrictions.
Firehouse BBQ posted a message on Facebook on Saturday in response to the notice, stating:
Despite attempts to execute illegal authorizations, we continue to conduct business as usual. Please show your support through dining or dining out to help us pay for the lawyers who will fight for your rights and our civil rights. Please note that due to the social distance requirement of 10′ between tables, dining seats are restricted. If you need roadside services, please call and indicate and pay by phone. An employee wearing a mask and temporary gloves will bring your meal to your car. Our opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm, and our last order of the day is 7:45 pm