We are beginning our second week of the ‘Stay-at-Home’ order issued by Governor John Bel Edwards (Proclamation JBE-33-2020). The order limits the operations of most businesses and the movement of citizens in Louisiana.
These measures have been implemented to mitigate spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Louisiana. In Natchitoches Parish, we are pleased to see so many people doing their part to help this effort. However, we have noticed some limited instances in which people are not following the guidelines.
We urge all citizens to adhere to the order and be reminded of the limitations in effect:
–Social Distance from others. Stay 6 feet away from all persons.
–Do not gather in any location, public or private, in groups of 10 or more. This includes indoor and outdoor locations.
–Only leave your home for legitimate purposes listed as acceptable exceptions in the order:
*To obtain groceries, supplies, medications, or take-out food. We encourage only one person from a household to visit the stores or restaurants to pick up food. Do not bring your entire family to the store, except if they are too young to stay at home.
*To care for a family member at their home.
*To take a walk, bike ride, or exercise — just keep at least six feet between you and others.
These measure are necessary to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and lives of all citizens in Natchitoches Parish, and to help avoid any potential overwhelming of our local healthcare capacity.
For businesses not considered essential critical infrastructure by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency must temporarily close their operations. For businesses that are allowed to remain open during the order, we encourage them to implement strict practices to ensure social distancing for customers.
In the city of Natchitoches, all juveniles under the age of 17 are under a curfew provision in the Code of Ordinances (Sec. 20-39). Juveniles are prohibited from being on any public roadway or public property from 12:00 am – 5:00 am unless accompanied by a parent or authorized adult.
As law enforcement agencies, our primary duty is to protect citizens from harm; this includes utilizing our resources and training to help mitigate the coronavirus in Natchitoches Parish. As such, we must enforce these lawful rules listed in the ‘Stay-at-Home’ order.
Violations of the order constitute an imminent threat to public health and are a violation of the criminal statutes, subject to prosecution.
Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and helping all of us defeat COVID-19.
Sheriff Victor Jones, NPSO
Sheriff-elect Stuart Wright,
NPSO Chief Micky Dove,
NPD District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington, NPDA