Bars in West Baton Rouge Parish forced to close on-premise consumption due to rise in COVID-19 positivity rate

Bars in West Baton Rouge Parish forced to close on-premise consumption due to rise in COVID-19 positivity rate
Gov. Beshear on Monday announced new restrictions requiring bars to close for two weeks. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

PORT ALLEN, La. (WAFB) - Officials with West Baton Rouge Parish Government say all bars in the parish must close on-premise consumption due to a rise in COVID-19 positivity rates in the parish.

Chance Stephens, a spokesperson for the parish, says the parish’s COVID-19 positivity rate has been above the state’s requirement of 10% for the last two weeks.

The parish’s positivity rate from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 was 13% and from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11 it was 10.10%, according to Stephens.

“All bars in West Baton Rouge Parish must close on-premise consumption until the percent positivity decreases to 5% or less for two consecutive weeks,” Stephens said.

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