Business owners and school districts prepare for the possibility of rolled back restrictions

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Louisiana’s current COVID-19 restrictions are set to expire this week, but with this third spike, many worry we could see the state going back to phase one.

“If we do get back to that, we really need to know what is going to happen on our end” said Neal Hendrick, owner of Zippy’s who says he’s weary of the what if’s.

“We’re prepared to go back to phase one under what they spoke about phase one in the past. The Governor could always change it or amend it to have some restrictions stay the same or some restrictions change” said Hendrick.

He said, preparations also mean uncertainty.

“We’re not getting any advanced warnings and specifics that are going to happen and we have to play catch up when they come out and till they are disseminated by the regulatory agencies” said Hendrick.

A new phase one has been brought up, but there’s no official word yet. However, if the state does roll back, schools are prepared.

“We would be prepared and we feel we’re prepared now if we had to go back to phase one where we could offer the distance learning to all our students both from a device stand point and while we will face some issues from a connectivity, we’ve done some things to prepare for the connectivity piece on this also” said Superintendent of Livingston Parish Public Schools, Joe Murphy.

In a statement, Ascension parish schools say, they will follow any changes made by the governor, bese or the department of education.

“The only changes we would make would correspond to a change in the operations phase by either the governor or BESE/LDOE. Right now, we are under Modified Phase 2, which allows our schools to operate using Phase 3 guidelines. We have no plans to make changes independent of a phase change by the state.”

Ascension Parish Public Schools

Over at East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools, they too will follow health guidance. In a statement the district said,

Classroom and school closures will continue to be made on a case-by-case basis in accordance with local health officials’ guidance. We are actively monitoring COVID cases in schools and the impact on the community. EBR families and staff can do their part to keep schools safe by staying home when sick, wearing face masks, and taking all the necessary precautions. We are committed to remaining open as a school district for face-to-face learning, and we will continue to offer robust virtual-learning opportunities to those who seek an alternative option.

East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools

New rules are expected from the Governor Tuesday, but what they will look like is still unknown.

“We’re pretty set here, tent partitions, sanitizer, face masks and everything we need to keep our customers and employees safe, but if he’s going to change something we need to know sooner better than later” said Hendrick.

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