Baton Rouge bars to shut down Monday amid surge in Covid-19 cases

FOX 44

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– Louisiana bars are preparing to close their doors as a statewide mandate takes place on Monday. The Governor’s mandate follows a surge in Coronavirus cases across the state of Louisiana.

“Here we go again right, we’ve been through this once and that was a challenging time.. to say the least,” Rally Cap Brewing Company Owner Kevin Whaley said.

Under the Governor’s mandate bars can only operate with to-go orders.

“It puts a pretty big hurt on our business, we do a great majority of our net revenue in this tap room,” Whaley said.

Many bartenders have an uncertain future.

“Im fine taking this sacrifice for the better of my community,” Tin Roof Bartender Rebecca Lawler said.

“It’s really fine with me and pretty much everyone here has the same attitude. We are going to miss our customers and miss being open but we are happy to help any way we can,” Lawler said.

Lawler said she believes Tin Roof created a safe space. She said the bar complied with social distancing and other Covid-19 precautionary measures but many customers didn’t want to cooperate.

“Just wear a mask, for the love of all things holy just wear a mask,” Lawler said.

Rally Cap Brewing Company is going to push distribution of their craft beers to local stores to help with lost revenue during the shutdown.

“Im optimistic we can make it to the other side it’s going to be a lot more challenging and I worry about other businesses but we are going to keep packaging and sending out beer that you will be able to drink so you will find us in your local grocery stores,” Whaley said.

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