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Slidell issues mandatory curfew, residents must be off the streets by 11 p.m.

Slidell is the first city in St. Tammany Parish to enact a curfew.
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SLIDELL, La. — The city of Slidell is enacting a mandatory curfew Friday night at 11 p.m., the city's police department said. 

The curfew, announced Friday afternoon, will be in place until further notice. It is effective from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day of the week. 

The curfew was announced because "significant amounts of police-related issues during the late evening and early morning hours," were exposing officers to a large number of people, increasing their risk of contracting COVID-19, according to a Facebook post from the Slidell Police Department. 

A video of Chief Randy Fandal was posted along with the announcement, outlining exactly what the curfew means. 

Nobody in Slidell is allowed out on the streets unless they are working in an essential business and going to or from work, he said. 

🔒 Mandatory Curfew for the City of Slidell starting at 11pm Tonight🔒 Chief Randy Fandal and Mayor Greg Cromer have issued a mandatory curfew for the City of Slidell starting tonight at 11pm and ending at 5am. This will be in effect until further notice. There has been significant amounts of police related issues during the late evening and early morning hours. This has resulted in our officers making unnecessary contact with several people and potentially, and unnecessarily, exposing them to COVID-19. If you aren’t conducting essential business, or going to work, please stay home. Listen to the chief’s message, as it relates to the COVID-19 virus and the City of Slidell.

Posted by Slidell Police Department on Friday, April 3, 2020

Parishes and local governments throughout the state have begun issuing curfews to keep as many people off the street as possible. 

Slidell is the first city in St. Tammany Parish to enact a curfew. 

Some parishes have opted against the curfew, including Lafourche Parish, where the number of confirmed coronavirus cases is growing at the fastest rate in the world. 

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