Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul says his office is working with people and businesses to ensure everyone is following Governor John Bel Edwards’ stay at home order.
“Don’t put your business in jeopardy. There are regulatory agencies, there are licensing agencies… if you’re not in compliance, we’re going to do what we have to do to address this public health issue” said Chief Paul.
Paul says so far, his department has not had to issue any citations, but is asking the public to make sure they are complying with the order to ensure public safety and to help flatten the curve.
“We have not had one incident where a business owner or manager didn’t understand how important this was and they told us they will comply so we don’t want that to continue happening but we don’t want to have to go out and continue to give these warnings” he said.
Chief Paul says the public can assist officers by reporting anything out of the ordinary to the department’s non-emergency number, (225) 389-2000.
“We need compliance, that’s what the public can do” said Chief Paul. “Listen to our Governor , listen to our Mayor, follow the directives, social distancing, personal hygiene, clean your hands… we have to be united in this effort” he said.
Governor Edwards’ stay at home order is in effect through at least April 12.