Katherine Deshotel waits for customers at Ronnie’s Cafe drive-through window on Tuesday. The limits on gatherings has meant a meal out is a trip through the drive-through. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)
Governor’s stay-at-home order tightest restrictions
After Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide stay at home order that took effect Monday, St. Landry Parish government offices announced a new round of anti-coronavirus measures.
As of noon Wednesday, according to the Louisiana Department of Health, there were four cases in St. Landry Parish; 1,795 cases in the state; and 65 deaths.
There were coronavirus cases in 48 of the 64 parishes.
The governor’s order places limits on the following.
All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to, locations with amusement rides, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, trampoline parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, arcades, fairs, pool halls, children’s play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, any theaters, concert and music halls, adult entertainment venues, racetracks, and other similar businesses.
All personal care and grooming businesses, including but not limited to, barber shops, beauty salons, nail salons, spas, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, and other similar businesses.
All malls, except for stores in a mall that have a direct outdoor entrance and exit that provide essential services and products as provided by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines.
Businesses closed to the public as listed in the order can conduct necessary activities such as payroll, cleaning services, maintenance or upkeep as necessary.
Any business not covered by the guidance from the CISA discussed in Section 3 of the order and not ordered to temporarily close must reduce operations to continue with minimum contact with members of the public and essential employees, while requiring proper social distancing, adhering to the 10-person limitation on gathering size.
Early learning centers and child care facilities adhering to the guidance issued by the Louisiana Department of Education and Office of Public Health may continue to operate.
Examples of Essential Worker Functions under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidelines include:
Health care workers and caregivers;
Mental health and Social Service workers;
Workers supporting groceries, pharmacies and other retail sales of food and beverage products;
Restaurant carryout and quick-serve food operations and food delivery employees;
Electricity and Utility Industry Employees;
Critical Manufacturing Employees (medical supply chains, energy, transportation, food, chemicals);
Petroleum, Natural and Propane Gas Workers;
Transportation and Logistics Workers;
Communications and Information Technology Employees; and
Financial Services and Banking Industry Employees.
The restrictions are in place until April 12.
The governor previously ordered all K-12 public schools, casinos, bars movie theatres, gyms and fitness centers closed and restricted restaurants to take-out, drive-through and delivery orders only. He has also moved the state’s April 4 elections and limited crowd size.
Members of the public will still be allowed to go to grocery stores and pharmacies to pick up food, medicine and necessary supplies, go to their essential jobs and to go outside for exercise and fresh air. When leaving their home, people should practice social distancing.