St. Martin Parish President Chester R. Cedars
February 18, 2021
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.