BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) ––– As the state adjusts to the move to Phase 3, LSU fans and Baton Rouge businesses are cautiously optimistic.
Governor John Bel Edwards moved the state into phase three last week, and businesses around LSU say they are excited for the increase in foot traffic after a slow 2020.
According to the new guidelines, Phase 3 allows restaurants to operate at 75% capacity and bars up to 50% capacity depending on parish positivity rate.
Allison Franklin is the general manager of City Slice by LSU. She says the COVID-19 pandemic “cut our business in half almost and as a business so close to campus, we really rely on those football days.”
She says she considers herself lucky because City Slice stayed open throughout the pandemic. With restrictions beginning to loosen, she says, “We expect the same business as we had in 2019 and 2018 and hopefully even more so now that is growing and people are getting back out we’d like to see everyone down here on game days.”
Area businesses are not the only ones ready for a sense of normalcy. Len Hall says, “it’ll be great that we can kind of move around a little bit more, but still use the safety precautions as needed.”
Hall says what he is missing most from LSU game days is the full stadium, “you can hear the roar of the crowd and that’s actually, that actually gets you in tune…. with everything that’s actually taking place on the field.”
But will all the excitement of game day, Hall warns, “COVID is still here and it’s still, it’s still amongst us.” His advice, “just be safe and wash your hands and wear your mask.”