Bogalusa mayor updates citizens in Thursday report

Published 9:45 am Thursday, March 19, 2020

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On Thursday, Bogalusa Mayor Wendy Perrette released updated information to the citizens of Bogalusa, concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

Perrette’s statement reads:

“First, even to the most casual observer it is apparent that the City of Bogalusa has risen to the challenge of COVID-19. Our Citizens are beginning to recognize the absolute importance of social distancing. Virtually all experts with both the WHO (World Health Organization) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) agree that this pandemic is far from over and each of us may be called on to do much more before this crisis is ended.

“Recently, it was suggested on social media that the City was shutting down. The City of Bogalusa is open and providing services to our citizens and is in NO danger of shutting down. Our Bogalusa Policemen are on the streets 24/7, our Bogalusa Firemen remain ever vigilant and our City Administration and Employees are keeping the City of Bogalusa working AND vibrant.

“To be clear … ALL City services, police and fire departments are up and running.

“Just like the rest of our country, the City of Bogalusa has initiated and will maintain a policy of social distancing of at least six feet.

“Businesses and restaurants throughout Bogalusa have begun curbside and to-go service (please check

“Just a reminder about social responsibility … when visiting local businesses. Please do NOT enter if you have a fever, dry cough, muscle aches or other flu-like symptoms. Please do NOT enter if you have been in close proximity with someone who is or may be sick with Coronavirus or COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

“It is fair to assume that the next few weeks will be challenging to us all. Try to consider that if you judge a city by its ability to pave a street in a crisis, you will be disappointed. But if you, like most of us, are willing and responsible enough to do your part to end this pandemic, then the City of Bogalusa stands with you to see it thru to the end. #flattenthecurve

“If you own a business and are utilizing social distancing protocols, the City of Bogalusa wants to promote your business. Please email your business info and your new hours/services to

“Finally, a reminder to check daily, as the information and availability of businesses and restaurants can and does change frequently (for example, the hours at Walmart have now changed to 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.).

“Social distance equals social responsibility.”