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Bogalusa mayor to citizens: Listen to COVID-19 orders

Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette issued an update Thursday morning to the citizens of Bogalusa, concerning the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the statement, Perrette said:

“First, I hope this finds you safe and well, and if you and your family are suffering from or been exposed to COVID-19, know that you remain in my constant prayers. Throughout this crisis, I have been straightforward and direct about what Bogalusa needs. Right now, Bogalusa needs our citizens to stay at home.

“I fully understand, as much as anyone, that a single mother without the availability of childcare may need to bring her children to the grocery store. Get in, get what you need, and go home.

“Playgrounds are wonderful opportunities for families to interact among themselves. They are NOT opportunities for parties and pickup basketball games. The continued actions of some of our citizens has led to protective measures being enacted throughout the city — specifically at those locations where individuals continue to congregate.

“Sadly, some of our citizens have selfishly refused to comply with the ‘Stay at Home’ orders of Gov. Edwards. Therefore, on April 1, 2020, I enacted a citywide curfew from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Make no mistake, this curfew will be enforced — how strictly is up to you. Unless you are a health care worker or an employee going/coming from work, STAY AT HOME.

“This crisis will get worse before it gets better, but maybe if we work together we will see it end sooner. I am proud of our city.

“Please continue to monitor www.bogalusa.org and the City of Bogalusa on Facebook.

“Social distancing equals social responsibility.”