St. Martin Parish President Chester R. Cedars
March 16, 2020
4:30 P.M.


Governor John Bel Edwards has declared that no public or private gathering can consist of more than 50 persons. Moreover, at midnight today, March 16, 2020, all bars, restaurants, movie theaters, gymnasiums, fitness centers, and casinos must close. Restaurants may be allowed to service patrons through take-out, delivery orders, and drive-through accommodations. These restrictions shall apply until April 13, 2020.

I have adopted the same analytical process utilized last Friday, and therefore provide the following specific instruction for St. Martin Parish:

GATHERINGS AND EVENTS: All events and activities which involve a gathering of more than 50 persons SHALL be postponed or cancelled. The 50 person limitation includes all event staff and security personnel, and applies to outdoor and indoor events. Moreover, this restriction applies to any congregation of persons in a single area at the same time. The restriction shall apply unto April 13, 2020. Specifically excepted are operations at locations like airports, medical facilities, shopping centers or malls, office buildings, factories or manufacturing facilities, or grocery or department stores.

For guidance, all Parish Libraries will remain open except that no greater than 50 persons will be allowed in any library at any given time. Similarly, Parish health units, Parish community and civic centers, parks, and the St. Martin Parish Courthouse shall remain open subject to the 50 person limitations. The Parish’s recreation program is hereby suspended.

Moreover, the restriction applies to Churches where any single service will include more than 50 persons. Fairs, festivals, and related gatherings are also included.

As I advised, these restrictions are MANDATORY and have been issued under the Governor’s powers set forth in the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, La. R.S. 29:721, et seq. A Medical State of Emergency was issued by Governor Edwards on March 11, 2020. Enforcement of medical related restrictions are further authorized by La. R.S. 40:5, et seq.

To insure that there is no misunderstanding of the restrictions in question relative to St. Martin Parish, I will consult with all Parish leaders tomorrow pursuant to an OEP meeting which the Parish’s OEP Director and I arranged this morning.
The reader should be reminded that the CDC recommends that social gathering should be limited to 10 persons especially as regards those 60 years or older or anyone who falls within the high risk category.

Finally, please note that all aspects of the post will continue to be monitored daily. Hence, amendments and changes may occur. If so, those revisions will be posted.