Bars can reopen in Iberville Parish, officials say

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PLAQUEMINE, La. (BRPROUD) – Bars are starting to reopen in Iberville Parish after meeting the required coronavirus positivity rate.

“We are under 5% for two consecutive weeks now,” Clint Moore, from the Office of Emergency Preparedness, said.

That 5% parish positivity rate is the new standard for reopening. At Beer Belly’s Bar in Plaquemine, manager Cheri Jones was full of emotion hearing the news.

“You can’t even imagine how good it feels,” Jones said.

The bar recently got a conditional restaurant license and was able to reopen Wednesday just before the new announcement was made. Jones says it feels like a weight has been lifted off her shoulders.

“It’s amazing to be back with our friends, be back making money and being open,” Jones said.

Under the 5% rule, bars can operate with table service at 25% capacity with up to 50 people until 11 P.M. Clint Moore says he hopes the parish doesn’t go backward.

“COVID is still around so everybody should still continue practicing social distancing and using good hygiene,” Moore said.

At Beer Belly’s, management says they’re ready to serve their customers and they’re happy they’ll get back to some type of normalcy. Iberville parish is the first in the Baton Rouge area to meet the positivity requirements for bars to reopen for on-site consumption.

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