St. Landry Parish officials address confusion for churches

Mayor can add restrictions
Posted at 7:10 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 22:07:51-04

As some government officials push for houses of worship to able to be to open back up, local officials in St. Landry Parish want to remind people no church should be opening their doors until further notice.

"I know we all want to get back to church, and we all want to get back to visiting with our families and our friends, but that order remains in order as of right now," said Director of Homeland and Security for St. Landry Parish, Van Reed.

Governor John Bel Edwards announced Thursday afternoon that churches would be allowed to have services outside with restrictions, but even if social distancing is practiced, services inside church buildings is still not allowed.

One church in Port Barre was given that news after they began advertising its socially distanced prayer time they wanted to hold twice a week.

"I think there's a lot of confusion and gray areas in those executive orders, and I think it's hard for people to keep up with what's going on and what orders have extended and what orders have been issued," said Reed.

The governor's office said further guidance will be given to churches Friday concerning outdoor services. The current stay at home order ends on May 15th.