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St. Mary leaders get jiggy to promote mitigation measures

Posted at 3:16 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 19:54:52-04

Several St. Mary Parish leaders are featured in a new video that has some fun with a serious subject.

St. Mary's Parish President, Sheriff, Coroner and Homeland Security Director, as well as the Mayors of Franklin, Paterson, Berwick and Morgan City all took part in the video, which promotes washing your hands, sanitizing high-traffic surfaces, wearing masks and keeping your distance from others.

"As we head into another week of the pandemic, it is good to focus on the game plan. This weekend, our government leaders in St. Mary Parish gave us a moment to have a much-needed smile," the Facebook post states.

"This video has the “game plan” for us all...
*wash and sanitize your hands
*maintain social distance
*cover your face when needed
*We are UNIFIED! We are ALL in this together, and we WILL make it through TOGETHER!!"

The men are all dancing to a song called "Back, Back" by the artist Lil O. That song asks for a little more than six feet; it asks that you give him 50 feet.

The creator of the video is Courtney 'Schola' Long, the owner/Creative Director at Schola Designs & Consultation, LLC.

"The inspiration came from the fact that I, like I imagine so many other citizens, want this pandemic to be over sooner than later so that we can get back to living and recover from the economic downturn this virus has brought," Long says. "Coming on Easter weekend, I feared that people would relax on the Stay at Home mandate and be tempted to veer from the social distancing practice ultimately causing yet another spike in infections. I decided to use my talents to create an educating yet entertaining video to reiterate the importance of doing our part to "flatten the curve." We reached out to the top level officials in St. Mary Parish, explained the vision, and they agreed without hesitation. I think it's not only a great reminder to the citizens, but a morale booster as well."

Here's the video: