We are beginning our second week of the ‘Stay-at-Home’ order issued by Governor
John Bel Edwards (Proclamation JBE-33-2020). The order limits the operations of most
businesses and the movement of citizens in Louisiana.
These measures have been implemented to mitigate spread of the COVID-19
coronavirus in Louisiana. In Natchitoches Parish, we are pleased to see so many
people doing their part to help this effort. However, we have noticed some limited
instances in which people are not following the guidelines.
We urge all citizens to adhere to the order and be reminded of the limitations in effect:
• Social Distance from others. Stay 6 feet away from all persons.
• Do not gather in any location, public or private, in groups of 10 or more. This
includes indoor and outdoor locations.
• Only leave your home for legitimate purposes listed as acceptable exceptions in
-To obtain groceries, supplies, medications, or take-out food. We encourage only
one person from a household to visit the stores or restaurants to pick up food.
Do not bring your entire family to the store, except if they are too young to stay at
-To care for a family member at their home.
-To take a walk, bike ride, or exercise — just keep at least six feet between you
These measure are necessary to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19 and to
protect the health and lives of all citizens in Natchitoches Parish, and to help avoid any
potential overwhelming of our local healthcare capacity.
For businesses not considered essential critical infrastructure by Cybersecurity and
Infrastructure Security Agency must temporarily close their operations. For businesses
that are allowed to remain open during the order, we encourage them to implement
strict practices to ensure social distancing for customers.
In the city of Natchitoches, all juveniles under the age of 17 are under a curfew
provision in the Code of Ordinances (Sec. 20-39). Juveniles are prohibited from being
on any public roadway or public property from 12:00 am – 5:00 am unless accompanied
by a parent or authorized adult.
As law enforcement agencies, our primary duty is to protect citizens from harm; this
includes utilizing our resources and training to help mitigate the coronavirus in
Natchitoches Parish. As such, we must enforce these lawful rules listed in the ‘Stay-atHome’ order.
Violations of the order constitute an imminent threat to public health and are a violation
of the criminal statutes, subject to prosecution.
Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and helping all of us defeat COVID-19.
Sheriff Victor Jones, NPSO
Sheriff-elect Stuart Wright, NPSO
Chief Micky Dove, NPD
District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington, NPDA