Friday, October 9, 2020
As we enter into this Columbus Day weekend, we are thankful that it appears we’ll be spared the most intense and damaging effects of Hurricane Delta. As we have in the past, we are still watching the system for any periphery impacts, and we are keeping our fellow Louisianans and neighboring Texans in our thoughts and prayers.
In addition to our emergency response to Delta, we have had a significant movement on the COVID-19 front. I announced Wednesday, October 7, 2020 that bars may reopen in St. Tammany for on-premises consumption, under Phase 3 guidelines as our percent positivity rate has fallen below 5% for two consecutive weeks. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, from 9/17 – 9/23, St. Tammany Parish had a Percent Positivity Rate of 3.5 %; and for the week of 9/24 – 9/30, 4.30 %. I submitted an opt-in request to the Governor’s Office Tuesday, October 6, 2020 in anticipation of the percent positivity rate in St. Tammany falling below the required threshold for bars to reopen under Governor Edwards’ Phase 3 requirements. Because I submitted the request in advance, I received official approval from the Louisiana State Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control very shortly after our numbers were released, and subsequently signed an amended Executive Order reflecting the change, so that our bars could resume service immediately. Opening another sector of our economy is a big win for us, and for the businesses who are now open to the public again. Complete guidelines for bars may be found here.
Per Phase 3 guidelines — which were extended by Governor Edwards today through Friday, November 6, 2020 — if at any time St. Tammany Parish’s percent positivity rate subsequently exceed 10% positivity for two consecutive weeks, bars in St. Tammany Parish will then be closed for on-premises consumption, unless and until the percent positivity decreases to 5% or less for two consecutive weeks.
I am hoping everyone stays safe during Hurricane Delta. Our Crisis Action Team will monitor the storm until the threat has passed. For continuously updated storm information, please visit: www.stpgov.org/storm.
As always, thank you for your continued leadership.
Should you have questions or if I may be of assistance to you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Michael B. Cooper