Fire Marshals show up at busy Swamp Room in Metairie


As people gathered inside and outside the Swamp Room in Metairie Friday night, Louisiana Fire Marshal deputies showed up to inspect.

The Fire Marshal is charged with enforcing Governor John Bel Edwards' mask mandate and other orders to prevent spread of COVID-19.

It came just days after the bar and restaurant on Veterans Blvd. posted to social media reminding patrons they have to cover their mouths and noses.

"You MUST wear a MASK to enter the location to dine in and receive service or pickup an order from inside, and we are still bound by the Governor's expanded rules we are allowed a max capacity of 50 people inside," Swamp Room posted to Facebook. "We want all of our customers to remain safe and healthy for the day that we can all get back to normal operations."

Witnesses say, however, that groups of people gathered at the establishment were not socially distanced Friday night and many people were not wearing masks.... even when they were not eating or drinking.

Fire Marshal Spokeswoman Ashley Rodrigue says they did get some complaints,

"The Swamp Room had had various complaints against it come in over the past week, so the team visited last night," she explained. "Our deputies, along with ATC agents and LDH sanitarians, continued the courtesy visit details they’ve been conducted for several weeks now."

She says, the inspection did not find any violations.

"The team conducting the COVID compliance check confirmed the business has a permit to operate as a restaurant. They also confirmed most of the patrons who were unmasked were actively consuming food and drink, as the governor’s proclamation allows. The crowd present was not over their allowed capacity."

We have reached out to Swamp Room to get reaction.