Mayor Scott Fontenot
City’s reopening hit some glitches
Golfing that had resumed at the Eunice Country Club had to be suspended for a week after a tournament was followed by a couple cases of COVID-19.
The reopening and shutdown is one of the few glitches in the city’s emergence from the coronavirus shutdown that started in March.
The country’s club’s Spring Classic was scheduled in April, but the club was shutdown then.
So the event was held Memorial Day weekend with about 50 people in attendance, according to Steve Saucier, club president.
After the tournament a couple of people tested positive for COVID-19, Saucier said. But it is uncertain whether their contracting the virus could be traced to the tournament, he said.
The club did closed on May 27 and reopened Wednesday after professional cleaning, Saucier said.
Groups are being kept out of the clubhouse, service is through windows and masks have been deployed, he said.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said he was made aware of the situation on Friday, but said tests were not conclusive. Some people who had been at the country club tested positive and then negative for the virus.
“I don’t think it is something to raise a lot of concern. You can have an outbreak at a grocery store for all we know,” Fontenot said.
The mayor was expecting to reopen the city’s two splash parks on Monday, but that is on hold due to state guidelines.
The city’s museums and library remain closed.
Fontenot said he wants to have the library reopen next week.
Fontenot said he wants to discuss reopening the museums with the employees.