Lake Providence bar owner pushes for people to sign recall petition against Gov. Edwards

Published: Sep. 18, 2020 at 11:52 PM CDT
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LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. (KNOE) - Bar owners are continuing their fight to reopen amid the Phase 3 guidelines.

Carolyn Temple is the owner of The Friendly Pub in Lake Providence, like other bar owners, she’s been closed for the majority of the past six months.

Temple believes she has a right to reopen safely.

“We’re not saying that this virus isn’t real, it is real but Edwards is not giving us the opportunity that he is other businesses to safely open," she said.

She is asking that people come to the old Walmart in Oak Grove to sign a recall petition against Governor Edwards.

“What he’s doing doesn’t make sense, his decisions are biased and unjust," she said.

Earlier this month, the governor addressed a recall petition that was started by two people from Eunice, Louisiana, according to the Associated Press.

“There’s a recall petition circulating?” he asked, before smiling. He then said, “There are a lot of things that keep me up at night. That’s not one of them.”

Temple also believes that the numbers reported by the Louisiana Department of Health are inaccurate and inconsistent; in her opinion, this is making it harder for parishes to meet the less than 5% positivity rate.

According to Phase 3, parishes must maintain less than 5% positivity of cases for two weeks, and the parish government must agree to the reopening.

“The numbers are fluctuating too much in order to count the data in one week, it would make more sense if he counted the data within a two-week span," she said.

Click here to see the week-by-week break down of cases and test numbers in the state.

Temple is encouraging people to come and sign the petition on Saturday, September 19.

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