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Town of Many will not enforce governor's order

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Posted at 2:20 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 15:20:02-04

MANY, La. — The Town of Many has announced that it will not enforce Gov. John Bel Edward's next emergency proclamation when the current Stay At Home Order expires on Friday, May 15.

In a letter from Mayor Kenneth Freeman, the town's proclamation dealing with COVID-19 will expire on May 15.

Freeman says he has no plans to issue additional restrictions dealing with COVID-19 in Many.

Freeman adds that in the last three months of federal, state and local proclamations, the people understand the risks and dangers of the coronavirus. He says that people understand what measures residents must take to protect themselves, their family and their community from those risks and dangers.

"The Governor, for the last three months has not enforced his proclamation relying on local governments and most of all citizens voluntarily adhering to his proclamation," writes Freeman. "After May 15th, the city of Many will not actively enforce the Governor's proclamation and will instead rely on our citizens to take what measures they know will protect themselves, family and community from the disease."

The mayor states that if residents feel the need to continue sheltering at home my choose to do so. However, he says he advises those who choose to resume life as "normal" to wear masks, practice social distancing and wash their hands.

He also encourages local merchants who choose to open their establishments to have their employees who make direct contact with customers to wear masks at all times, sanitize counters after each customer, sanitize shopping carts after each use, maintain the screen between clerks and customers and practice social distancing.

On Monday, the governor announced that he will finally lift his Stay At Home Order on May 15, which will mark the beginning of Phase One reopening for Louisiana.

You can read the full letter from Freeman below.

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