Tigerland bars prepare to open with 50 percent capacity

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- This weekend popular college bar, Fred’s, will welcome in 75 more guest indoors. Manager Jason Nay says while Phase 3 guidelines are a step forward, the increase is not enough to draw in a boost in sales.

“Since October we have been 50 people outside only,” he said. “That’s about 20 to 25 percent of our normal capacity.” 

Some students on LSU campus share they still don’t feel comfortable at Tigerland bars.

“It can be considered unwise especially since we are still in the midst of this,” said Georgia Gurtin, LSU sophomore.

“I have my doubts because some people have a hard time wearing mask,” said James Moore, LSU sophomore.

The managers at Mike’s in Tigerland are not impressed at Phase 3 guidelines. 50 percent capacity only allows 50 people inside of the bar.

In June more than 100 COVID-19 cases were linked to Tigerland bars. Nay says he is doing his best to ensure safety at Fred’s.

Nay feels his bar is safer than how college students are choosing to be social now which is house parties.

“We’re not going to push it and take baby steps,” he said. ““We’re gonna have them sitting at tables and at house parties they have just been standing on top of each other.” 

Under Phase 3 guidelines bars are required to close at 11 p.m.

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