LIVINGSTON, La. (BRPROUD) – Parish offices in Livingston Parish are closing on Thursday afternoon and will not reopen until next week.

Parish President Layton Ricks released this statement on Thursday morning:

Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks will be closing his offices at 1 p.m. today. Offices will remain closed until Monday, August 2, 2021.

President Ricks feels that this action is necessary in response to the growing number of employees and/or employees’ family members that are testing positive for the Delta Variant. As a result, Parish offices are
facing serious staffing issues.

“I am concerned for the welfare of the public as well as our employees,” President Ricks said. “This decision wasn’t made lightly. Our offices are here to serve the public, so I have to weigh the need for providing those services with the need for public safety.”

Office phones and email will monitored in order to address any emergencies that might arise during this time. Inspections still needing to be scheduled may utilize the online permit system at

Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard posted these details on Facebook:

ANNOUNCEMENT: Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Livingston Parish Clerk of Court, 21st Judicial District to remain OPEN

Chief Judge Brenda Bedsole Ricks, Clerk of Court Jason Harris & I will continue to keep our offices open at the Livingston Parish Courthouse – as we all continue to follow safety precautions & protocols. Temperature checks are still in place at ‘check in’ with our LPSO Courthouse Security team. Masks are also still available.

On Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Health recorded its 3rd highest single day total for COVID-19 cases in the state.