St. Martin Parish President Chester R. Cedars
March 17, 2020
1:45 P.M.

In response to the National and State declared medical emergencies, I have this date issued the following declaration. At 10:00 a.m., at a meeting at the Parish OEP center, the proclamation was discussed among law enforcement, our Mayors (or their representatives), St. Martin Hospital officials, and School Board personnel. I am deeply appreciative of everyone’s support and commitment to ensuring that the measures which have been imposed will be honored.

St. Martin Parish Government will continue to constantly monitor the ever-evolving crisis and report any and all developments. Particularly, although not exclusively, I ask that you keep abreast of this developing situation noting that the expansive measures which have been adopted and/or revised since last Wednesday when the Governor first declared a State of Emergency for Louisiana. I strongly accept the validity of the admonitions of HEALTH OFFICIALS that in the very near future our area can expect positive test results for COVID-19.

After consult and discourse with all pertinent officials this morning it was agreed that all public community centers, park facilities (except playground equipment) would be closed until at least April 13, 2020. Earlier this morning, I ordered that all public libraries would be closed to the public in view of the fact that a significant portion of our library staff were in the high-risk categories for COVID-19.

The District Attorney for our Parish has just advised me that his office will soon be imposing measures that will limit permit contact with his office personnel. Those restrictions are posted at his website: www.16jda.com. Similarly, similar measures are being implemented by the St. Martin Parish School Board. See www.saintmartinschools.org. Also, we will post their measures upon receipt.

It is critical that our public adhere to all of the measures which state and local government have impose in order the combat and/or mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Moreover, this “novel” concept of social distancing should be respected. The following is a recent release from the Governor’s office on social distancing.

Although we have some tough days ahead of us, I am confident that as with any trial we shall emerge much stronger.