Mayor Edwin “Ed” Reeves, Jr. announced the following Tuesday, May 12, in accordance with Gov. John Bel Edwards' move to Phase One re-opening of the state.
• The city curfew will end at midnight Thursday, May 14. Businesses can resume their normal hours after that time, but must adhere to the Governor’s guidelines of 25 percent occupancy.
• All city offices will open for regular hours beginning Monday, May 18, with all employees reporting back to work. City hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 to 11:30 a.m Friday. The City will continue to conduct fever checks of anyone entering City buildings and will continue additional sanitation. Employees in City Hall and those in direct contact with the public will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing. Everyone entering City Hall is asked to wear a mask. Public access to other city buildings will be very limited.
• Residents and others with city business are encouraged to call city departments rather than going to City offices. Contact numbers for all departments can be found on the city website: www.plaquemine.org
• The City will continue to waive the on-line fee for payment of utility bills until further notice, and encourages residents to pay their bills in one of these ways:
• All City parks will remain closed until June 15 because Gov. Edwards Phase 1 re-opening does not allow the opening of playgrounds, and also because the Police Department does not have the staff to post an officer at each park to monitor social distancing. The COPAC football field is closed, but the walking track remains open for walking/jogging, provided social distancing is practiced.
“We are happy to begin the Phase 1 re-opening of our City, but we must continue to be vigilant in protecting ourselves and our neighbors,” Reeves said. “The fact is that the Plaquemine area still has a very high rate of cases per capita. As citizens begin to get out more in the coming weeks, I urge you to continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and avoid large groups.”