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Iberia Parish sets guidelines for "gray area" businesses to reopen

Effective Friday April 24, 2020
Posted at 11:35 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 13:27:16-04

Iberia Parish President Larry Richard has released new guidelines for local businesses that were not deemed essential or were not prohibited from operating by the governor's stay-at-home order to reopen.

Last week, Richard says he put together a committee of 30 people including medical professionals, mayors, business owners, police, legal counsel, etc. Together they drafted the new guidelines for more businesses to open. According to the parish president, Governor Edward's legal counsel signed off on this order.

Richard says that the guidelines would go into effect as of Friday April, 24, 2020.

The business falling under the criteria can open if they:

  • Require social distance
  • Allow voluntary face coverings
  • Follow 10 person gathering limit
  • Follow the curfew set in place for the parish
  • Occupancy limit at 25% of the state fire marshal's limit

Some of the business opening under the new restrictions include 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.

These business must also follow the Iberia Parish Second Amended Public Notice which can be found here.

All businesses are encouraged to limit face-to-face contact and find new ways to operate safely. Some suggestions include wearing masks, installing protective shields between employees and customers, and supplying hand sanitizer and PPE whenever appropriate.

To read more about the new restrictions click here.

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