Ville Platte stores and businesses limit number of customers

Posted at 5:10 PM, Apr 01, 2020

Across Acadiana, stores and business are limiting the number of customers allowed inside. That includes Ville Platte. The mayor says it's an effort to stop the spread of Covid-19

Paul's Meat Market in Ville Platte is one of many stores that's making those changes and it's all a way to help flatten the curve. Masks, gloves and disinfectant have become staples for workers at the store.

They're doing everything they can to protect not only their employee's, but also customers.

"We're going to try and control the amount of people that come into the store," store owner Paul Fontenot said. "10 to 12 people at a time so they don't come into contact with each other as often."

Once the store reaches that capacity, others will have to wait outside. Another option, you can schedule to pick up your groceries and have them brought to your car. This is just one of many stores doing these changes

"We had too many people in the store at one time on top of each other and that just was not a safe thing," mayor Jennifer Vidrine said.

Vidrine says each business will determine how many people are allowed inside. It will be based on the size of their buildings

"This is something that we've never been through before," Vidrine said. "It's a fluid situation and things are changing daily. We are trying to change with them to make sure our people are safe and help stop the spread of this virus."

Vidrine also says one shopping cart is allowed at a time for each customer.

"A lot of people are not taking this virus seriously as they should," Fontenot said. "We really need to get it under control so things can back to normal."