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St. Mary Parish Government to allow 'gray area' businesses to open

Posted at 12:43 PM, Apr 24, 2020

FRANKLIN, La. — The St. Mary Parish Government announced on Friday that it would allow "gray area" businesses to operate under certain conditions.

St. Mary Parish President David Hanagriff issued an order effective April 24 for businesses that fall in the middle, meaning that they are neither expressly deemed essential, nor have they been expressly been prohibited by Gov. John Bel Edwards' Stay At Home Order.

The order also rescinds the curfew of 8 p.m. - 6 p.m. for businesses (see below) in St. Mary Parish and in all cities parish-wide.

According to the St. Mary Parish order, these businesses my open on the following conditions:

  1. Businesses may only operate with essential employees and minimal contact with the public while requiring social distancing and promoting voluntary face coverings.
  2. Businesses are limited to no more than 35% of its Fire Marshal capacity and must use a one person-one buggy/basket policy
  3. The parish-wide curfew of 8 p.m. - 6 a.m. curfew/closure is lifted for all 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 to resume normal operating hours.
  4. Groups congregating or loitering in, outside or nearby any business premises is prohibited.

The St. Mary Parish order states that it applies to businesses located in the municipalities and in the unincorporated areas of the parish and is in consultation and concurrence with the mayors of the five municipalities of the parish.

You can read the full order below.

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