Baton Rouge restaurant reinstates COVID-19 policy in fight against fourth surge

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- On Friday Governor John Bel Edwards encouraged businesses to re-evaluate strategies to help stop the spread of the fourth coronavirus surge.

At Beausoleil’s on Jefferson Highway, masking up returns for employees regardless of their vaccination status.

Owner Stephen Hightower said the company made the decision to ensure the safety of staff and customers.

“After what we went through in 2020 and the beginning of this year we didn’t want to continue to make the same mistakes,” Hightower said.

Hightower said business is finally returning to normal after a rough year. However, he is noticing a spike in to-go sales as Covid cases spike in the Baton Rouge area.

He fears the fourth surge may hurt his business, yet again.

“Hospitality and tourism is the backbone of Louisiana. To sense the fact we might be going backwards a little bit, yeah it hurts,” Hightower said.

Hightower hopes residents will make the right decision and prevent his business from returning to what it looked like in mid-2020.

“We’re trying to do the right thing,” he said. “The difference between this year and last year is that there is a vaccine that exists so you know, hopefully, that can be our saving grace.”

Other Covid-19 protocols like sanitation and social distancing are being implemented. Face masks are optional for customers.

Governor Edwards issued the following Covid-19 guidances on Friday:

  • All people both vaccinated and unvaccinated should mask indoors if six feet of distancing can’t be maintained.
  • It’s reccomended that businesses review accomodations to reduce tramission among employees.
  • All people should get tested after potential exposure and isolates if positive, if negative, retest in 5-7 days or at the onset of symptoms.

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