Parish wide curfew in effect at 10 p.m. tonight, April 7


In the interest of public safety and health in conjunction with Gov. John Bel Edwards Stay-at-Home Order, a mandatory curfew order for Natchitoches Parish will be in effect beginning tonight, April 7 from 10 p.m.-5 a.m.
The curfew order will remain in effect until the order is rescinded.

The order is based on a cooperative agreement and study by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones, Sheriff Elect Stuart Wright, Parish President John Richmond, District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington, Natchitoches Mayor Lee Posey, Chief of Police Mickey Dove and State Senator Louie Bernard.

We believe the curfew will stop some of the non-essential traveling and gatherings to assist us in flattening the curve of COVID-19 in the State of Louisiana and Natchitoches Parish according to Sheriff Victor Jones.

All pedestrian and vehicle movement will cease at 10 p.m.-5 a.m. unless it’s for law enforcement, emergency medical services, utility services or a private person traveling to or from their employment deemed essential by Gov. Edwards.

A gathering of more than 10 people is prohibited.

We believe by enacting this curfew it will ease the spread of the virus.

Deputies and Natchitoches Police will be looking for curfew violations.

We are all in this together, please remember to wash your hands for 20 seconds, don’t put your hands in your face, cover your coughs with your elbow area, clean and disinfect work areas and keep distances of 6 feet.

A first offense curfew violation carries a $500 fine or six months in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.