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St. Landry, Acadia bars OK’d to open

St. Landry and Acadia parish bars were cleared to reopen after the Louisiana Department of Health reported COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 5% for the last two weeks.
Gov. John Bell Edwards rules for Phase 3 reopening require parishes to report two consecutive weeks of positivity rates of less than 5% for bars to reopen. If rates rise above 10%, bars will be closed again.
St. Landry Parish President Jessie Bellard opted to allow the parish bars as did Acadia Parish Police Jury President Chance Henry.

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$300 jobless pay ends

The federal program meant to help workers who lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response has ended.
The White House authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency to spend up to $44 billion to add $300 per week to the unemployment benefits of qualified workers. The money ran out before claimants in some states got their first check.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission has paid out $376 million in Lost Wages Assistance, the LWC says.

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LOGA: State’s oil producers shuttering at alarming rate

The economic consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the oil glut generated by the Saudis and Russians, and the lack of storage are being felt at a much quicker pace than previously projected, gravely threatening Louisiana’s energy sector, a Louisiana Oil & Gas Association news release stated.
The second in a series of “point-in-time” surveys shows that nearly a quarter of the state’s oil related workforce has potentially already been laid off, and four in every five exploration and production (E&P) companies has already begun shutting in wells, it stated.

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Job stats best of the year?

Recently released employment numbers may be the best for the year given COVID-19 layoffs and the downturn in the oil and gas industry.
In releasing the job numbers Friday, the Louisiana Workforce Commission stated the February not seasonal employment data did not reflect any COVID-19 impacts.
The February numbers were historically low, according to the news release from the commission.
Not seasonally adjusted numbers do not take into account factors such as weather and holidays.

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No problem with curfew, chief says

The 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. St. Landry Parish curfew is not causing any issues, according to Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot.
“There are still people moving about, but we can’t stop everybody,” he said.
The curfew does allow people to travel through the city and people going to work.
People are going to the drive-through restaurants, he said.
But if somebody is doing something that bring s attention to themselves police will approach them, he said.


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