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Bars in Ascension Parish must close again after high positivity rate for two straight weeks

Updated: Nov. 12, 2020 at 5:27 PM CST
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ASCENSION PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Due to a rising positivity rate, Ascension Parish is no longer eligible to opt in to Phase 3 guidelines for bars, meaning bars in the parish must close again.

The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) posted the information on its website Thursday, Nov. 12.

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Because the parish has had two weeks in a row with a positivity rate of greater than 10%, bars in the parish are no longer allowed to operate.

Parish President Clint Cointment says the parish government received notification from Linda Pham-Kokinos, attorney supervisor of the ATC, stating, “In accordance with the Governor’s proclamation, any parish that opts into Phase Three but subsequently exceeds 10% positivity for two consecutive weeks, bars in that parish must be closed for on-premises consumption, unless and until the percent positivity decreases to 5% or less for two consecutive weeks."

Between Oct. 22 and Nov. 4, Ascension Parish saw positivity rates of 12.8% and 12% for those two weeks.

“Please, I ask all residents to do their part in helping to lower our percent positivity for COVID-19 so we can reopen more of our businesses," said Cointment.

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