As Louisiana and Acadiana enter the second weekend of Phase Two of reopening, the Lafayette Fire and Police Departments are reminding businesses and patrons of safe opening guidelines.
Fire Chief Robert Benoit said it's important to remember that COVID-19 "remains prevalent in our state and parish."
Sgt. Wayne Griffin, Public Information Officer for the Lafayette Police Department, added, "We're still in the middle of the pandemic and we discourage citizens from congregating in the streets. This is particularly true in the downtown entertainment district where patrons of restaurants and bars tend to gather in larger numbers on the weekends. Please remember, COVID-19 is still very much an issue in our area."
This weekend, fire inspectors will visit businesses to ensure guidelines are followed. Businesses found to be in violation will be subject to penalty, including temporary closure, according to LCG.
Lafayette Interim Police Chief Scott Morgan said the majority of incidents are being handled by the State Fire Marshal and the Lafayette Fire Department, but police are assisting when violation complaints are received. "We will assist management to help remedy capacity and social distancing problems," he said. "The continuing education of the public about COVID-19, social distancing, and the orders by the Governor and Mayor-President by officials are a top priority during this time."
In Phase Two, capacity restrictions are 50% for restaurants, bars, coffee shops, etc. with LDH food service certificates and 25% for bars and nightclubs without LDH food service certificates.
Find more information about Phase Two guidelines here.
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