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City leaders working to reduce crowds at stores during pandemic

City leaders working to reduce crowds at stores during pandemic
Posted at 5:22 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 19:16:31-04

Some people in St. Landry Parish are questioning others shopping trips.

A recent compliant to police, big crowds and non-essential purchases.

The sheriff's office and city leaders want to curb the crowds.

"If we don't do our part and the stores don't do their part then other steps will have to be taken," says Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor.

Opelousas Mayor Julius Alsandor is frustrated with businesses and residents in the city who are not taking the stay at home order seriously. He notices many people are going to home improvement stores are buying non essential items.

Alsandor says, "Most of the people that are in there are shopping for flowers and upgrading their garden but at the same time. We all don't have to bum rush that store and go there all at one time".

"Flowers and potting soil...that's not the essential things that they need to be worried about they need to shut that area down," says Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says, callers often says people are out at stores not practicing social distancing.

He says no arrests have been made but his deputies will be on the lookout for any violations being broken.

"As elected officials we have to be tough. We have to just tell people that this is what you have to do because if we don't they're gonna do what they want to do", says Guidroz.

Alsandor says he spoke with local representatives for at least one of there companies and they will begin taking precautions.

"Tomorrow we should see something going on in that store, where there's markers where you need to stand before you come up to the counter", says Alsandor.