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COVID-19: Curfews in Acadiana

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Posted at 1:00 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 17:04:50-04

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 the parish-wide curfew for all residents will be lifted on Friday, April 17 at 6:00 a.m., according to Sheriff KP Gibson. The curfew went into effect on April 2.

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

UPDATE (5/15): The City of Jeanerette has extended it curfew. Effective May 15 to May 29 the curfew for minors will be from 8:00 pm to 6:00 a.m. while the curfew for adults and adults with accompanied minors is from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

UPDATE (5/12): The parish-wide curfew previously issued for the rest of Iberia Parish is lifted, effective Wednesday, May 13, at 5:00 a.m.

Previous orders limiting the hours of grocery stores, dollar stores, etc. from 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. have also been lifted effective 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 13.

Iberia Parish issued a parish-wide curfew starting April 1 from 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. for all residents, adults and minors, until midnight on April 30, unless otherwise rescinded or extended.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 9 P.M. UNTIL 5 A.M.

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

UPDATE (5/12): The St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office says that effective immediately, the curfew that was imposed for St. Martin Parish on April 1, 2020, has been lifted.

That curfew was in place from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am for all municipalities in the parish beginning on April 1, 2020. That included Breaux Bridge, Henderson, Cecilia, Parks and St. Martinville.

ST. MARY PARISH

The parish-wide curfew of 8 p.m. - 6 a.m. curfew/closure is lifted for all grocery stores, dollar stores, convenience stores, big box stores, mechanic shops, tire stores, auto parts stores, lumber/hardware stores, golf courses, banks, financial institutions, loan closing agencies and residential, commercial and public works construction projects to resume normal operating hours.

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

(UPDATED 5/15) City of Opelousas: Effective May 15 to May 29, there will be a curfew for everyone in the City of Opelousas. The curfew will start at 10 p.m. and last until 5 a.m. every day.

The St. Landry Parish nightly curfew has now expired as of Friday, May 15. at 6:00 a.m. Officials with the parish say the parish-wide curfew was put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in conjunction with the governor's Stay at Home Order that has also expired.

VERMILION PARISH

Abbeville will let their curfew expire on May 1.

On Wednesday morning, Abbeville Police said they would be extending the curfew for residents in the city to coincide with Gov. Edwards extended stay at home order. in a follow up email, the police department says they will now be lifting their curfew on May 1, 2020. The change, according to police, is in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies within Vermilion Parish.

A juvenile curfew will still remain in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for all unaccompanied minors. All minors must be accompanied by a guardian or a responsible adult. This curfew will be strictly enforced. Minors going to and from work will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Parents will be held responsible if their minors do not obey the curfew.

Vermilion Parish curfew order will end May 1 for the unincorporated areas of the parish.

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 will lift their curfew on May 1, 2020. All citizens are encouraged to limit their activities to abide by the Governor’s “Stay At Home” order. The village of Maurice currently has 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.

The Town of Delcambre will lift their curfew on May 1, 2020. All residents are asked to abide by the Governor's "Stay at Home" order and to remain off city street to protect residents and first responders. The curfew was put in place on March 19 for minors and on April 1 for adults.

STATEWIDE

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 30th.

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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