St. Martin Parish President Chester R. Cedars
March 3, 2021
3:00 P.M.

Yesterday, Governor John Bel Edwards issued Executive Order 29 JBE 2021 which moves the state back into Phase 3 with less restrictions than set forth in his previous Phase 3 Orders. Essentially, limitations on capacities have been made LESS restrictive. I have read the Order and submit the following outline for quick reference. However, I strongly encourage any business or organization to register and/or consult https://opensafely.la.gov/ for case specific guidance. THE ORDER IS EFFECTIVE BEGINNING TODAY AND CONTINUES UNTIL MARCH 31, 2021.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 29 JBE 2021
MARCH 2, 2021

BUSINESS WHICH MUST REMAIN CLOSED

All places of amusement must remain closed, including but not limited to, those with amusement rides, carnivals, splash pads, water parks, arcades, fairs, festivals, indoor playgrounds, theme parks, and concert/music halls. However, Section 2-B(2) of the Order provides that any such business may submit a reopening plan with proposals for occupancy and sanitization to the Office of State Fire Marshal which is authorized to permit the opening of the business. Nonetheless, the occupancy thereof cannot exceed 50%.

BARS AND LOUNGES

Bars are now allowed to open for indoor, on-premises sales and consumption. The indoor capacity is fixed at 25%, not to exceed 250 persons, with determinations resting with the State Fire Marshal. However, if a bar or lounge is located in a parish that enjoys a percent positivity of 5% or less for two consecutive weeks, the capacity limitations shall be 50%, not to exceed 250 persons. Although not clearly stated in the Executive Order, a Parish, through its governing authority, must opt-in to be entitled to the increased positivity. As I have stated previously regarding the opt-in dictates, I will most assuredly immediately adopt such steps when St. Martin Parish meets the 5% criterion. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT OUR POSITIVITY RATE IS 4.60% FOR THIS WEEK. Our rate the week before was 5.30%.

All bars must follow these dictates:

  • The bar cannot open before 8:00 A.M. and must close by 11:00 P.M.
  • There can be no walk-up service; hence all patrons must be seated at tables.
  • Tables must be “socially distanced,” meaning spaced 6 feet apart.
  • All bars must adhere to the regulations and guidelines establish by the State Fire Marshal, the Commissioner of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, and the La. Department of Health regarding sanitization and disinfection.

Any bar may provide takeout through drive-thru or curbside delivery, including alcoholic beverages.

ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AS DEFINED BY CISA

There is no change.

RESTAURANTS, CAFES, AND COFFEE SHOPS

There has been no change except that the business can now operate at 75% of its total occupancy as determined by the State Fire Marshal and while adhering to social distancing directives.

BEAUTY SHOPS, SALONS, AND BARBER SHOPS

There has been no change except that the business can now operate at 75% of its total occupancy as determined by the State Fire Marshal and while adhering to social distancing directives.

SHOPPING MALLS

There has been no change except that the business can now operate at 75% of its total occupancy as determined by the State Fire Marshal.

CHURCHES AND OTHER FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS

Churches may conduct services without crowd size limitations; however, social distancing directives remain in effect.

CASINOS, RACETRACKS, AND VIDEO POKER ESTABLISHMENTS

There has been no change except that now 75% of the gaming positions can be in use at a given time provided that the gaming positions are six feet apart.

GYMS AND FITNESS CENTERS

There has been no change.

ATHLETIC EVENTS

The capacity for any stadium, sports complex, or arena has been increased to 50% capacity while adhering to the maximum social distancing possible between spectators, as determined by the State Fire Marshal. Alcohol can be sold at athletic events provided:

  • Consumption must be in the patron’s ticketed seat.
  • Signage is required relative to rules regarding consumption.
  • Alcohol must be sold only to patrons who are wearing face masks.
  • No sales are permitted after 11:00 P.M.

All athletic events and stadia must comply with guidance and regulations from the State Fire Marshal, Louisiana Department of Health, and as regards the sale of alcohol, the Commissioner of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.

EVENT CENTERS AND RECEPTION HALLS

There has been no change except that the business can now operate at 75% of its total occupancy as determined by the State Fire Marshal and while adhering to social distancing directives. Waiting rooms, lobbies, or other areas where members of the public congregate (except bathrooms) shall be closed to the public.

CONVENTIONS AND CONFERENCES

No convention or conference shall exceed 50% of the total occupancy of the establishment, which is hosting the event, as determined by the State Fire Marshal. Social distancing is mandated. Waiting rooms, lobbies, or other areas where members of the public congregate (except bathrooms) shall be closed to the public. Any host must have a plan approved by the State Fire Marshal.

ALL OTHER BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATIONS

There has been no change except that the business can now operate at 75% of its total occupancy as determined by the State Fire Marshal and while adhering to social distancing directives.

LIMITATIONS ON CROWD SIZES-INDOOR

Under the proclamation issued yesterday, 29 JBE 2021, crowd sizes shall be limited to no more than 25% capacity as set by the Fire Marshal WITH A MAXIMUM OF 75 people in any single space at the same time.

LIMITATIONS ON CROWD SIZES-INDOOR AND OUTDOOR

Under the proclamation issued yesterday, 29 JBE 2021, crowd sizes shall be limited to no more than 250 persons in any single indoor space at the same time. As regards outdoor spaces, crowd sizes are limited to no more than 50% capacity as set by the State Fire Marshal if individuals will be in close proximity to one another and unable to maintain strict social distancing among non-immediate family members.

THIS CROWD SIZE LIMITATION DOES NOT APPLY TO ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES (AS DEFINED BY CYBERSECURITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE AGENCY) OR RELIGIOUS SERVICES.

MASK MANDATE

The mask mandate continues without any change whatsoever.

I again recommend that any business or organization with questions or issues consult and/or register with https://opensafely.la.gov/. Guidance which is case specific is available.

CLOSING REMARKS

I remain hopeful that we will continue to experience a continuing downward trend in the gating criteria utilized by the Governor in setting restrictions. I am optimistic that the increase in the number of persons receiving the vaccines and the continued adherence to the mitigation measures will allow for a total re-opening and return to normalcy.