Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon releases a statement on how his office plans to address the recent Governors mandate on masks and how it affects the citizens of Vermilion Parish.
“We have been asked by the Louisiana State Fire Marshalls Office to assist by looking into complaints made on business establishments that are not requiring customers to use face masks when entering/exiting a place of business. If we are made aware of establishments allowing the public to frequent without masks, my deputies have been instructed to visit the establishment and give them a gentle reminder about the Governors’ mandate. We will not enforce compliance upon any businesses at this time. If my office receives subsequent complaints for noncompliance by the same establishment, we will then direct the complainant to the Louisiana State Fire Marshalls Office for handling.
Sheriff Couvillon went on to say,” The only time my office will take criminal action in this matter is when a business establishment is following in Governor’s mask mandate by requiring face masks to enter/exit and a customer refuses to wear a mask or leave the premises after being told to do so by the owner (or manager having the authority to refuse service) a deputy shall respond. If the owner or manager pursues charges at this time the person will be cited for trespassing.”
The Sheriff ended saying,” If there is one thing about the people of Vermilion Parish it’s that when times get tough we all come together to help our brothers and sisters in need. I see nothing different in these times. Vermilion Parish and our citizens will prevail.”