OPPJ president says to give jury a call if you're not sure if your job is considered "essential" under Stay at Home Order

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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) Ouachita Parish Police Jury President Shane Smiley said to give the jury a call if you're not sure whether your job is considered essential under the governor's Stay at Home order.

Ouachita Parish Police Jury President Shane Smiley said to give the jury a call if you're not sure whether your job is considered essential under the governor's Stay at Home order. Source: (KNOE)

The order allows those whose work is considered essential, such as those working at grocery stores or healthcare professionals, to continue going to their jobs.

Smiley said he's received numerous calls from workers not sure which category they fell into.

"And I think that tells us two things. One, people are wanting to cooperate with the governor's orders, which we appreciate. And two, we have a large number of people who want to go to work, and we can appreciate that as well," he said.

For instance, Smiley said construction workers are considered essential and will still be able to work, however, barbershops and beauty salons will not.

Smiley said they're asking residents and businesses to take this order seriously and comply so they don't have to take any further steps.

"We don't want to have to come down and be harsh on anybody. We don't want to have to enact further ordinances, curfews, proclamations, laws here locally because people aren't complying," he said.

While Smiley said he isn't planning on entertaining a curfew anytime soon, he does have the authority to shut down a business that refuses to comply.

"And if I have to I'll exercise that authority. It's not something I want to do. It's not something that's in the back of my mind," he said.

"We've got a lot of things we're trying to take care of outside of babysitting someone who doesn't want to comply with the governor's orders."

However, Smiley said the residents of the parish have been doing a good job of complying so far, and he expects them to continue.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Ouachita Parish Police Jury at 318-327-1340.