OPELOUSAS — St. Landry Parish will begin a parish-wide adult and juvenile curfew every day from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. effective Tuesday, March 24, until April 12 or the end of the state’s Stay at Home Order as part of the response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the coronavirus.
“This is not an indication of an increase in the spread of the virus,” according to Van Reed, St. Landry Director of Emergency Preparedness. “There is no cause for alarm. The curfew is being implemented in conjunction with the statewide stay-at-home order issued by the governor.”
Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued the stay-at-home order effective Monday, March 23, at 5 p.m. It will be in place through Sunday, April 12. His order directs all Louisianans to stay at home “unless it is absolutely necessary to leave.”
St. Landry Parish government said the order does not include essential workers, and the parish curfew will allow those workers to travel to and from work or as needed to perform their duties. Essential businesses listed in the Louisiana’s Stay at Home order that stay open past 9 p.m. will not be required to close.
“The curfew will not only help law enforcement agencies assure that the Governor’s order is being followed for the wellbeing of everyone but will also help officers make certain that businesses closed by this and other orders will remain secure,” Reed said.
More information about the COVID-19 response in St. Landry can be found at: http://www.opportunitystlandry.com/covid-19-resources.