Do your part. Stay at home. Only go out for essentials. Do not congregate. Practice social distancing.

Vernon Parish Updates

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March 16, 2020 – the Vernon Parish Police Jury declared a State of Emergency in Vernon Parish due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

March 17, 2020 – All rentals of public facilities were suspended until further notice.

March 18, 2020 – All Police Jury offices are closed to the public; however, all Police Jury staff are continuing to work and to provide essential services to the public.

March 18, 2020 – The Vernon Parish Tourism and Recreation Commission and the Vernon Parish Police Jury announce that MayFest 2020 has been cancelled.

March 22, 2020 (via Facebook) – At 2 p.m. today the Governor held a press conference outlining the additional measures for the Stay At Home Order he has issued. Most of these provisions have already been in place and are already being following. The new measures include reducing the number of people in a gathering to 10 or less and closing some additional non-essential businesses. Restaurants (drive-thru and carry out), grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, etc are not affected by this order and will remain in service. The Governor is also asking all non-essential employees (as outlined in the CISA guidance) to remain home if possible. This order will remain in place until April 13th. We would like to remind everyone remain calm and to continue to practice the health measures that have been in place, remain 6 feet apart, wash hands frequently, and stay at home and out of the public if you are sick.

March 23, 2020 – Governor Edwards issued a Stay at Home Order for the State of Louisiana. All non-essential businesses were ordered to close and groups were limited to ten (10) provided they were social distancing. Local and state elected officials met to receive updates regarding COVID-19 mitigation in Vernon Parish.

March 25, 2020 – Louisiana State Fire Marshal issued a Statewide Burn Ban.

March 28, 2020 (via Facebook) – Vernon Parish residents are reminded that our public parks and recreation sites are closed to the public, this includes Vernon Lake Spillway Park. Congregating at any public park or recreation site is NOT allowed and will be enforced by the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.You may continue to use the public boat launches and go fishing as long as you are not congregating in groups and are practicing social distancing.

March 30, 2020 – Local and state elected officials met via teleconference to receive updates regarding the COVID-19 virus in Vernon Parish.

April 2, 2020 – Governor Edwards extends the Stay at Home Order through April 30, 2020. The Vernon Parish Police Jury and Waste Connections announce potential household solid waste collection delays.

April 6, 2020 – Local and state elected officials met via teleconference to receive updates regarding the COVID-19 virus in Vernon Parish.


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