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Opelousas re-opens cautiously; mitigation measures required

New business hours, online payments for City of Opelousas
Posted at 12:43 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 13:43:27-04

The Opelousas City Hall Plaza re-opened to the public on Monday.

The hours will now be 7:30 am to 5:15 pm. Persons wanting to pay utilities inside may do so. The drive-thru will remain open as an option.

Despite Governor John Bel Edwards' lifting of the stay-at-home order and movement of the state of Louisiana into Phase One re-opening effective May 15, "we are still practicing the protocols that got us to this point," city officials say.

Social distancing requirements will continue through Phase I.

"We will re-evaluate our protocols June 5, 2020 in accordance to the Govemor's Executive Order," a release states.

Requirements to enter into the municipal plaza are as follows:
Starting Monday, May 18, we will practice social physical distancing inside the plaza section of city hall and allow approximately Ten (10) customers at a time to enter the plaza,to pay their utility bill
This is only for utility bill payments.
Temperatures will be taken and masks will be required when entering the city hall plaza.
Also, an information form will be signed by citizens paying utilities inside the plaza.

The mayor's office will remain closed until further notice.

The Opelousas Public Library will open at 8:00 am on May 18 under the Governor's 25 percent occupancy guidelines. Temperatures will be taken and masks will be required when entering the city's public library.

Payment of utilities and fees can continue either by phone at337-948-2520; by mail at Opelousas City Hall, P.o- Box 1879, Opelousas, LA 7057l; or, online at www.cityofopelousas.com.

The Council Meeting will be held tonight May 19, with limited seating available to the public. The 25 percent occupancy guidlines will be enforced. Temperatures will be taken and masks will be required when entering the council chambers.

The meeting will also be livestreamed on the city's website at www.cityofopelousas.com. Meeting will start at 5:00pm.