Jury president explains coronavirus measures
With the number of COVID-19 cases in Louisiana increasing on a daily basis, measures are being taken locally to ensure the safety of municipal and parish employees and the public in general.
Police Jury President Chance Henry issued an emergency declaration effective Monday, March 16, following suit with the directives handed down by the Governor’s Office earlier that day.
Representatives of the police jury met with officials from a number of Acadia municipalities and other parish officials Monday to discuss a path forward based on guidance provided by the state according to Henry.
“All municipalities were advised to look at their operations and discuss their path forward in how they will protect their employees and their residents,” Henry said.
At this point, the following measures are being take at all parish-operated locations:
• all employees are being told to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families;
• public access to the courthouse will be monitored and all other parish buildings will be under restricted access;
• citizens are being encouraged to postpone all visits to public offices unless absolutely necessary.
“In light of the latest information from the governor’s office, Acadia Parish will follow the size limitation of gatherings to fewer than 50 people, closing of casinos and movie theaters and will will limit restaurants and bars to delivery, take-out and drive-through orders only,” Henry said.
“If you are a bar or restaurant that did not previously have delivery or take-out service, please consider this as an option until the emergency declarations have been lifted.”
Henry concluded, “These precautions are in place due to Louisiana currently having one of the highest rates per capita in the South, according to the CDC.”