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An adjustment to a Subway Board Order approved Wednesday allows drive-thru businesses to serve non-drivers at the curb and in the parking lot, which may alleviate safety concerns for some restaurants, Louisiana Restaurant Association CEO Stan Harris said.

This may not be much help for businesses like banks that have drive-thru but don’t do curbside service. However, since the order does not include any enforcement mechanism, this may be a moot point.

“It will be up to the company to interpret it,” Harris says. “Fortunately, there are no criminal penalties.”

Council member Laurie Adams’ proposal initially envisioned open businesses that operate drive-thrus to serve pedestrians, cyclists and people using mobility aids such as wheelchairs when entrances are not available or locked. Harris says it has been amended to remove the requirement to serve those customers at the drive-thru, giving businesses other options.

He says serving non-drivers at the drive-thru could create a “nightmare” for safety and liability.

Daily report contacted the Louisiana Bankers Association for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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