BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Some pool halls in Baton Rouge are closed as a result of Covid -19, but the reason doors are shut may not be what owners think.
There are no eight balls hitting the corner pocket these days at Clicks.
“We’ve been closed since November is the latest general order from Governor Edwards” said General Manager, Jim Cox.
He said, he feels like pool rooms are being singled out when it comes to reopening, forcing employees to be without money and putting them in a tough position.
“If this doesn’t end soon then our doors will be locked forever” said Cox.
The Governor’s office refute the claims, saying billiards can in fact open if they submit a comprehensive reopening plan.
“You create a lot of touch points when you’re grabbing pool balls, when you’re grabbing pool sticks, when you’re touching tables all the way around so, what we’re looking for is a plan to manage a crowd and manage the spread of Covid” said The State’s Fire Marshal, Butch Browning.
He said, the issue is some of these locations have alcohol license and act as bars.
“The problem is, they can’t operate their bars. Where a lot of billiard halls have chose not to open where they would have gotten approval is they’re not willing to not have to sell alcohol” said Browning.
Cox said, they have been following all of the rules and hope the state can see they are trying.
“Well it’s a bar and people are going to disobey the rules. You know, give us a chance to follow the rules. Give us the same chance these other businesses have. to follow the CDC guidelines and be safe. We are going to be safe. We want to be safe, not only for our staff, but for our guest. this have to end” said Cox.