St. Martin Parish President Chester R. Cedars
September 23, 2020
4:00 P.M.

In one of his most recent proclamations, 117 JBE 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards allowed Louisiana to enter into Phase 3. However, he declared that bars and lounges must remained closed; however, the Governor declared that a Parish may permit bars within its geographical jurisdiction to re-open 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 up to 50 patrons
  • Table service only will be allowed
  • No one under the age of 21 years may enter the bar
  • No live music is allowed
  • Bars may serve from 8:00 A.M. until 11:00 P.M.
  • A bar may offer outdoor service; however, no more than 50 patrons are allowed and all of the above restrictions will apply
  • 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 6.70% (week of September 3rd-9th) and 3.50% (week of September 10th-16th). Therefore, St. Martin Parish is close to meeting the threshold for the re-opening of bars. The percent positivity rate is published every Wednesday by the Louisiana Department of Health.

I have stated on prior occasions that I am in favor of allowing all bars to re-open upon the Parish meeting the 5% threshold for two consecutive weeks. In view of the current positivity rates for our Parish, I am hopeful that we meet the 5% threshold next Wednesday, September 30, 2020. If we do, I will issue the necessary Parish proclamations for bar re-openings in our Parish. In the meantime, all bars and lounges in the Parish may wish to start planning to re-open under the restrictions imposed by the Executive Order. It is recommended that all bar contemplating re-opening visit for specific guidance and regulations.

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