BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – East Baton Rouge Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome says she is not considering moving the parish back in reopening or adding stricter coronavirus restrictions.
It comes after multiple videos surfaced online showing large parties in Baton Rouge over the weekend with people appearing to ignore health guidelines.
“This kind of behavior will not be condoned, nor will it be ignored by enforcement” she said. “I was very disappointed in what I saw… many of those videos, we have already seen enforcement taking place” she said.
While Mayor Broome says she is not considering new restrictions, she is asking people to adhere to CDC guidelines and to follow mask wearing and social distancing protocols.
“Well if you’re going to work toward the well being and health of our citizens, and our economy, then I’m going to need our businesses to step up to the plate and do the right thing” she said. “I want everyone to work and focus on mitigation and compliance so we can move forward” said Mayor Broome.
Mayor Broome is also asking for the community’s help in addressing crime across the Capital City. Already, Baton Rouge Police report January as their deadliest month on record.
“The impact of coronavirus or should I say the connection with coronavirus and crime still exists” said Broome. “We have to look at crime through the lens of health” she said.
Mayor Broome says her safe, hopeful, healthy initiative, funding in large part from federal coronavirus funding, is launching soon and aims to address the many factors that lead to crime.
“We’re using a two-pronged approach to crime. We’re not being discouraged what we see but we’re focusing on addressing it” she said. “Soon you will see the launch of safe, healthy, hopeful, which is our community based violence intervention approach; Getting to some of the systemic roots of violence collaborating with community organizations and law enforcement” Broome said.