I would like to thank the citizens of Natchitoches for their part in adhering to the federal, state, and local directives intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic the last two months. These efforts and progress made in the fight against COVID-19 did not come without the great sacrifice on the part of many. Our local frontline heroes of health care professionals, police and fire have worked tirelessly to continue to keep the citizens of our community healthy and safe during this time. I would be remiss if I did not thank our everyday citizens who have stayed home, avoided crowds, and practiced social distancing, when necessary, to venture out in public.
Although I knew following the guidelines set forth by the federal, state, and local governments would be detrimental from an economic standpoint, the citizens of our great city remained vigilant, and I am truly proud of your efforts. It is now that I ask each of you to do your part in a different way, making sure the economic impact of COVID-19 is not worse than the virus itself.
As of May 15th, the Governor authorized the re-opening of businesses under the Phase One guidelines. These guidelines implement safe practices and restrictions specifically tailored to specific business types in order to be open. Our local businesses are open and ready to serve you and your family. I encourage you to shop, dine, and play at our local businesses. Continue to be smart, practicing social distancing and sanitation practices like washing your hands, not touching your face, and wearing a face mask where appropriate.
The City has decided Parc Natchitoches will remain open to the public as well as host baseball and softball tournaments on the weekends. Under the advisement of the Governor’s office and the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Parc Natchitoches will implement social distancing and increase cleaning methods during and in between games.
Unfortunately, the City’s league has been cancelled for the 2020 season after careful consideration for the participants in our community and the percentage of requests for refunds by participants and sponsors. We know the future of our city league is promising. Our hope is to have bigger numbers and an even stronger season in 2021.
It is during this time, I have felt very humbled to be Mayor of the City of Natchitoches. Because of our great citizens and great leadership, I truly believe our City is on track for a rapid recovery. You have stepped in to feed the hungry, supported local businesses, and put others before yourself during these uncertain times. I think we are strong, resilient, and better together. Thank you Natchitoches for being a city I am proud to serve. By us doing what we are supposed to do, soon we can get back to what we know Natchitoches is meant to be. We are Natchitoches Strong!