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  Teenage Chili’s hostess reportedly attacked by large group of women after trying to enforce COVID-19 guidelines

A 17-year-old hostess at the Chili’s on Constitution Avenue was reportedly attacked by a group of more than 11 women after she told them they could not all sit together, per the restaurant’s COVID-19 social distancing policies.

  Main Street Recovery: One week left for priority application period for small businesses that didn’t get federal help

Two weeks in and 12,000 businesses have submitted an application for the state’s Main Street Recovery Program.

  Owner of Firehouse BBQ speaks after being served temporary restraining order for defying mask mandate

Bunch says she is not requiring masks in her restaurant to protect some of her employees who allegedly cannot wear them because of health conditions.

  Temporary Restraining Order served to Firehouse BBQ Monday

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office has served a temporary restraining order against the owner of a Livingston Parish business that has refused to comply with the governor’s COVID-19 mask mandate.

  Temporary restraining order issued against Livingston Parish BBQ restaurant for not following mask mandate

On Friday, Aug. 7, Governor John Bel Edwards announced a temporary restraining order (TRO) has been issued against a restaurant in Livingston Parish for its “excessive noncompliance with Phase 2 mitigation measures” aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

  Well-known bars reclassifying as restaurants to keep doors open

A handful of Baton Rouge bars have temporarily reclassified themselves as restaurants, allowing them to continue serving customers while other watering holes remain closed to the public.

Surviving COVID-19

  Iberville Parish sheriff released from hospital after being treated for COVID-19

Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi tells WAFB’s Scottie Hunter he has been released from a local hospital after being treated for COVID-19.

  Baton Rouge mayor’s office says mask mandate seeing results

It has been three weeks now since EBR Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome issued an executive order that people wear face masks while out in public, and since then, the mayor’s office says there has been a notable decrease in the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Baton Rouge.

Avoyelles Parish woman sewing special ‘smile masks'

Wearing a face mask every day is something we’re all getting used to, but for those who need to be able to see a person’s facial expressions or lips - mask-wearing brings up an entirely new challenge in an already challenging world for some.

  Former LSU student body president shares his story of beating coronavirus

LSU’s plan to reopen for the fall semester comes as there’s currently a rising number of COVID-19 cases among younger people.

American Idol Laine Hardy says he has recovered from COVID-19

Laine Hardy says he has recovered from the coronavirus.

  Gonzales Cinema to reopen June 26, showing fan-favorite movies

Gonzales Cinema will reopen Friday, June 26 with a lineup of fan-favorite classics and pre-pandemic releases.