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COVID-19: Curfews in Acadiana

Posted: 11:00 AM, Apr 02, 2020
Updated: 2020-04-01 18:40:22-04
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Some parishes in Acadiana are implementing curfews in response to COVID-19.

The list below will be updated as curfews are put in place.

ACADIA PARISH

The Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office announced that a parish-wide curfew will go into effect Thursday, April 2 from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am.

According to the sheriff's office, those traveling to and from work are asked to have identification and a letter from employers with them during curfew hours. Those letters will need to indicate the person's name and that they are employed with the business and have work hours between the curfew times.

EVANGELINE PARISH

Ville Platte officials have announced a city-wide curfew for minors, adults and businesses until further notice.

The curfew took effect Monday, March 30 and will be from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. The curfew DOES NOT APPLY to health care workers. They will be asked to show your health care badge or letter.

IBERIA PARISH

Iberia Parish issued a parish-wide curfew starting April 1 from 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. for residents, adults and minors, until midnight on April 30, unless otherwise rescinded or extended. The curfew PROHIBITS pedestrian and vehicular traffic except for essential emergency vehicles and personnel.

The curfew DOES NOT APPLY to those going to and from work at businesses deemed as essential business activity as defined by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency.

JEFF DAVIS PARISH

A parish-wide curfew has been issued for unaccompanied minors and adults in all of Jeff Davis Parish from 11:00 pm – 5:00am.

DOES NOT APPLY to those going to work or have an emergency to attend to. This will be enforced in every city within the parish.

LAFAYETTE PARISH

An 8:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. parish-wide curfew went into effect for unaccompanied minors beginning at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 16 in Lafayette Parish. The curfew will remain in place until further notice. (Minors that work will be considered on a case by case basis)

ST. MARTIN PARISH

A parish-wide curfew will begin at 10:00 pm on Wednesday, April 1 for all residents of St. Martin Parish. Parish President Chester Cedars says the curfew will be in place from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am for all municipalities.

ST. MARY PARISH

City of Morgan City: Curfew for minors 10:00 p.m. weeknights, 12:00 a.m. weekends.

City of Franklin: Curfew for minors 10:00 p.m. weeknights, 12:00 a.m. Weekends.

City of Patterson: Curfew for everyone from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. daily.

Town of Berwick: Curfew for minors 10:00 p.m. weeknights, 12:00 a.m. weekends.

Town of Baldwin: Curfew for minors 10:00 p.m. weeknights, 12:00 a.m. weekends.

ST LANDRY PARISH

City of Opelousas: Starting tonight, March 31, there will be a curfew for everyone in the City of Opelousas. The curfew will start at 9 p.m. and last until 6 a.m. every day.

St. Landry Parish will begin a parish-wide adult and juvenile curfew every day from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. This DOES NOT INCLUDE essential workers traveling 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.

VERMILION PARISH

Abbeville is implementing a curfew for everyone within the city. Beginning Sunday, March 22, 2020, an enforced curfew will be in effect from 9 p.m. - 5 a.m. until further notice. This applies to everyone, unless they are going to or from work at in an essential job.

In the rural areas of Vermilion Parish there will be a parish-wide curfew for juveniles under the age of 17 and adults, UNLESS they are going to work and have been identified as essential workers. The curfew will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., effective March 23, 2020 and ending no later April 20, 2020 at 5 a.m.

In the city of Kaplan there will be a parish-wide curfew for juveniles under the age of 17 and adults, UNLESS they are going to work and have been identified as essential workers. The curfew will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., effective March 23, 2020 and ending no later April 20, 2020 at 5 a.m.

The village of Maurice has established a village-wide curfew for adults 18 years and older, EXCEPT FOR emergency workers and those going to work in an essential job, between the hours of 10 PM to 5 AM. There also is a village-wide curfew for unaccompanied juveniles 17 years and younger between the hours of 9 PM to 5 AM beginning March 23rd.

STATEWIDE

In addition, on Sunday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide stay at home order, requiring Louisiana residents to shelter at home unless going out for essential tasks. The order is in effect until April 12.

Examples of Essential Worker Functions under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines include:

  • Healthcare workers and caregivers
  • Mental health and Social Service workers
  • Pharmacy employees
  • Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies and other retail sales of food and beverage products
  • Restaurant carryout and quick-serve food operations and food delivery employees
  • Farm workers
  • Electricity and Utility Industry Employees
  • Critical Manufacturing Employees (medical supply chains, energy, transportation, food, chemicals)
  • Petroleum, Natural and Propane Gas Workers
  • Transportation and Logistics Workers
  • Communications and Information Technology Employees
  • Financial Services and Banking Industry Employees

See CISA essential business guidelines here.

For businesses, the new Stay at Home order has limits on the following:

  • All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, trampoline parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, pool halls, children’s play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, any theaters, concert and music halls, adult entertainment venues, racetracks, and other similar businesses.
  • All personal care and grooming businesses, including but not limited to, barber shops, beauty salons, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, and other similar businesses.
  • All malls, except for stores in a mall that have a direct outdoor entrance and exit that provide essential services and products as provided by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines.
  • Businesses closed to the public as listed in the order can conduct necessary activities such as payroll, cleaning services, maintenance or upkeep as necessary.
  • Any business not covered by the guidance from the CISA discussed in Section 3 of the order and not ordered to temporarily close must reduce operations to continue with minimum contact with members of the public and essential employees, while requiring proper social distancing, adhering to the 10-person limitation on gathering size.
  • Early learning centers and child care facilities adhering to the guidance issued by the Louisiana Department of Education and Office of Public Health may continue to operate.

Members of the public will still be allowed to go to grocery stores and pharmacies to pick up food, medicine and necessary supplies, go to their essential jobs and to go outside for exercise and fresh air. When leaving their home, people should practice social distancing.

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