Dispelling Rumors of Curfews
Many rumors about curfews and lockdowns have circulated social media. As of this moment, neither Terrebonne nor Lafourche have enacted any such measures.
Spokesmen from the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office were contacted and neither entity has implemented either of these measures as of the writing of this article, Thursday, March 19.
Curfews, lockdowns, quarantines, and martial law all infringe upon the public’s rights and are only implemented in extreme circumstances. All four of these measures come into conflict with Article 1, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution and as such are not enacted lightly, “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it,” it says.
The Louisiana Constitution summarizes the same protection under Article 1 section 2: “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, except by due process of law.”
Curfews, and the more extreme measures listed above, take away the public’s freedoms and because they are imposed by edict, they deny everyone affected a fair trial.
There is currently no curfew in place by TPSO, and a spokesman said, the office does not anticipate one. There is no curfew in place by LPSO, and a spokesperson with their office said there is no plan to put one in place.
The Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, on March 13, did issue a proclamation which included canceling or postponing all public gatherings of 250 or more people.
Then on March 16 he expanded this proclamation to also close bars, casinos, movie theaters, casinos, video poker, bowling alleys, fitness centers, and gyms.
This ruling made exceptions for airports, medical facilities, grocery stores, shopping centers, malls, office buildings, factories, manufacturing facilities, and department stores.
It also allowed cafes, coffee shops, and restaurants to continue serving the public, but had to cease functions on premises (this means drive-thrus can remain open).
If anyone in the public hears a rumor that they are under restrictions, they can visit either www.tpso.net or www.lpso.net.