BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome says she’s “optimistic” the parish will meet Governor John Bel Edwards' Phase 3 criteria for bars to reopen for on-premises consumption as early as Wednesday, Sept. 30.
The parish would have to have two weeks of a COVID-19 positivity rate at or below 5% for this to happen. She says tighter restrictions would have to be put back in place though if the parish’s positivity rate was to reach 10% or more for two consecutive weeks.
Mayor Broome released the following statement Thursday, Sept. 24:
"I am pleased East Baton Rouge Parish continues to move in the right direction towards slowing the spread of the coronavirus. I am optimistic we will meet the state criteria to apply for easing bar restrictions as soon as the middle of next week, which is when the Louisiana Department of Health expects to release its latest data regarding our positivity rate.
The state requires a parish to report two weeks of positivity at or below 5%, as reported on the LDH website, prior to applying to ease restrictions. The state also requires a parish to renew the restrictions if the positivity rate reaches 10% for two consecutive weeks.
Following the science has gotten us to this point, and I will continue to allow science to drive our future decision making. My decisions will be based on data from the Louisiana Department of Health, guidance from the medical community in East Baton Rouge Parish, and the recommendations of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
Now is not the time to become complacent. East Baton Rouge Parish cannot afford to go backwards in our fight against COVID-19. At this point, I implore our residents to continue wearing face coverings, avoiding crowds, and limiting social gatherings to people inside our household or trusted support group so that we can get back to doing all the things we love to do in as safe a manner as possible."
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