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Opelousas starts curfew for all

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Mar 31, 2020

Starting tonight, there will be a curfew for everyone in the City of Opelousas.

The curfew will start at 9 p.m. and last until 6 a.m. every day.

The curfew will not apply to any First responders or any individuals reporting to or coming from a place of employment deemed as an "essential business" under the State of Louisiana Emergency Declaration.

All businesses within the City of Opelousas, with the exception of a hospital or private ambulance service, will be closed at 9:00 PM until 6:00 AM, according to the police department.

Businesses supplying fuel services may allow self-service pumps to remain in use with the use of a card in an effort to provide individuals the ability to refuel to return to a place of employment.

In addition, the Opelousas Police Department will be modifying some services and procedures to limit the exposure and to mitigate COVID-19 issues as much as possible.

The modified report taking process will be in place to limit the amount of personal interactions our officers will have with the public. “In-Progress / High-Priority Dispatch” protocol will began Monday.

Citizens should call 9-1-1 for priority emergencies calls for any situations where there is a crime in progress, both property or person crimes, and a life is in danger for an officer to immediately respond.

Low-priority crime calls or non-emergencies where a suspect is no longer present or the crime has already occurred will be handled by an officer over the phone following a call to 337-948-2500.

There are certainly instances that may still require on-scene investigation, and police say they will respond as necessary. Anyone wanting to report criminal activity can email

These changes to procedures is intended to limit the exposure of the public and department personnel to only situations where it is absolutely necessary during the current covid-19 crisis. The Opelousas Police Department is committed to serving and protecting the public during this crisis, a release states.

Reminder: The Opelousas Police Department has closed its building(s) for public access. During this time the department will not be providing non-criminal fingerprint services, vehicle inspections, and onsite access to police reports.

Accident reports can be purchased online at [].

Any other reports can be requested by phone 337-948-2500 or by email: