Curfew imposed on town of Farmerville
Tuesday’s report showed three new cases of COVID-19 in Union Parish, bringing the total to 50 with now four deaths.
“I would like to think we are approaching the flattening of the curve,” said Greg Gossler, Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for Union Parish, during a call Tuesday.
The Town of Farmerville imposed a curfew, which began Friday. Adults 18 years of age and older have a curfew of 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Everyone under the age of 18 are not allowed to be out inside the town limits between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
“After much discussion with Chief (Bim) Coulberston and the Police Department we thought that this was the best thing for our people here in Farmerville,” Mayor Stine Baughman, Jr. said Thursday afternoon.
“It was not taken lightly, but we do feel that this will help in some way to curb this outbreak.”
Coulberston said his officers would stop anyone who is “just driving around town repeatedly.” He said businesses are closed by 9:00 and there should not be any reason to be out during the curfew.
The curfew will continue until terminated.
Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said Monday there is no plan in place to impose a curfew on the rest of the parish.
Marion Mayor Danny Smith said Tuesday he is seriously considering a curfew for his town as well. “We’re looking into it,” he said. “I’m open to it. I’m willing to do whatever we need to do to keep this from spreading more.”
According to numbers from the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for Union Parish, Marion has seen roughly 1.5 percent of its population infected. By comparison, Farmerville is at roughly 0.4 percent.
“I have asked our police officers to notice when more than two people are in the same area and make sure they are in keeping with social distancing mandates.”
Smith said the town also updates its Facebook page regularly. You can find that at @townofmarionla.
Gossler said he is not sure curfews are the answer, but isn’t against them. “I don’t know what impact that (a curfew) will have,” he said. “People are going to do what they’re going to do.”