story by staff reporter Nora Drenner
Sabine Parish District Attorney Don Burkett is cracking down on Governor Jon Bel Edward’s recent executive order declaring a public health emergency amid the coronavirus pandemic by those in the community who violate the order will face fines and/or criminal charges. Those fines can be up to $500 and/or six months in jail.
Additionally, a Louisiana State Police (LSP) news release upheld the governor’s authority, saying Edwards’ proclamations and declarations have the power of law. As such, local, parish and state law enforcement agencies, as well as other state authorities including The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco, and state fire marshal, will enforce the rules.
Violations of the gathering capacity and business hour restrictions could result in revocation of licenses or citations, including disturbing the peace or other violations, the LSP news release states.
The following are in Gov. Edwards executive order:
All gatherings of 50 or more people are postponed or cancelled through April 12.
The exception to the 50 or less people rule is the normal operation of airports, medical facilities, shopping centers, malls, office buildings, factories, manufacturing facilities, grocery stores and department stories.
Movie theaters, bars, bowling alleys, fitness centers, gyms casinos and gaming establishments are closed through April 12.
Restaurants, cafes and coffee shops are limited to take-out, drive-through and delivery services.
Hotel restaurants may continue operations but only for registered hotel guests via room service.
All state agencies, board and commissions and political subdivisions can let members call in or teleconference for meetings. Efforts should be made to let the public observe through live video steaming and allow them to have input. Meeting notice requirements remain in effect.
The expiration date of driver licenses set to expire between March 9 and May 10 is extended to May 20.