St. Martin Parish President Chester R. Cedars
February 18, 2021
4:00 P.M.

In one of his most recent proclamations, 17 JBE 2021, Governor John Bel Edwards reaffirmed his prior declarations that bars, “with or without a food service permit from the Louisiana Department of Health, shall allow for indoor, on-premises sales or consumption of any food or drinks.”. However, as his various declarations issued last Summer stated, a Parish can permit bars within its geographical jurisdiction to re-open for indoor service under these conditions:

  • The percent positivity rate of the Parish is 5% or below for two consecutive weeks
  • Bars that are allowed to re-open can operate at 25% of capacity as set by the Fire Marshall, 50 patrons, whichever is less
  • Table service only will be allowed
  • No live music is allowed
  • Bars may serve from 8:00 A.M. until 11:00 P.M.
  • If the positivity rate of a Parish rises to 10% or more, then any bar that has re-opened must close

The positivity rate for St. Martin Parish for the last two weeks is 7.30% (week of January 28th -February 3rd ) and 5.40% (week of February-10th). Therefore, St. Martin Parish is close to meeting the threshold for the re-opening of bars. In two weeks, our positivity rates have dropped from 9.90% to 5.40%. The percent positivity rate is published every Wednesday by the Louisiana Department of Health.

Upon the Parish meeting the 5% positivity threshold for two consecutive weeks, I will issue the necessary Parish proclamations for bars re-opening for indoor services within the proscribed parameters. In view of the current positivity rates for our Parish, I am hopeful that we meet the 5% threshold in the next two weeks. In the meantime, it is recommended that all bar contemplating re-opening visit https://opensafely.la.gov/ for specific guidance and regulations.

Please note that I cannot guarantee what our positivity rate will be next two weeks.