Business & government office closures, changes due to coronavirus

Business & government office closures, changes due to coronavirus
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The following are businesses that have closed or made changes to hours due to the concerns related to the community spread of coronavirus.

This list will be continuously updated. Check back frequently for new details.


  • All OMV locations statewide will be closed effective Friday, March 20. Online services will remain available. Residents can also use Public Tag Agent locations.
  • All Louisiana Medicaid regional offices are closed to the public until further notice. Apply for Medicaid or make changes to your account online at Information can also be mailed to Louisiana Medicaid at P.O. Box 91283, Baton Rouge, LA, 70821.


All Ascension Parish Government offices are closed to the public. Residents should call the Citizens Service Center at 225-450-1200 if they need any services, particularly from DPW or Drainage. Online requests can be made here. For planning, permits, building inspections, etc., contact the following with questions, comments, or concerns:

Additional info can be found here. Submit online plans here. Access the planning and development website here.

  • Customer Service Center for Parish Utilities and Ascension Consolidated Utilities District #1 are closed to public access. Payments can be made by phone, online, or in the dropbox at 38 Veterans Blvd. in Donaldsonville. Cash payments will not be accepted. Billings/Payments – 225-473-7603, Online -, Emergency/Leaks Only – 225-210-3030.
  • Department of Public Works and East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage offices in Gonzales and West Ascension Drainage in Donaldsonville are closed to public access. All requests for service should be made through the Citizens Service Center (225-450-1200). The Recycling Center at the DPW building in Gonzales will remain open until further notice.
  • All parish parks and recreational facilities, including community centers, playgrounds, and sports fields are closed until further notice


  • The East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office will be closed to the general public March 23 through April 6.
  • Effective Monday, March 23, all city-parish buildings, including City Hall and all community centers, will be closed to the public and restricted to essential city-parish personnel through April 13. Residents with questions should call 225-389-3000 or click here.
  • Beginning Thursday, March 19, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office will close its offices to the public and suspend routine, in-person services. Deputies will continue to perform regular patrols and criminal operations. Additional services will be available to the public online and over the phone. Walk-in reports at substations will now have to made over the phone by calling 225-389-5000 for non-emergencies. EBRSO’s Tax and Fine offices in City Hall on St. Louis Street will be closed to the public. Extensions are being granted on deadlines, but residents can continue to pay their taxes online or via mail. Tickets can also be paid online here. EBRSO Headquarters, located at 8900 Jimmy Wedell Dr., is closed to the public. Criminal records can be requested and paid for beginning March 23 via the sheriff’s office website. The parish prison is also closed to the public. Bond can be made at the front gate and inside the front lobby. Attorney visits are allowed by phone or video only. Call 225-389-5000 with questions.
  • The East Baton Rouge Parish Library will be closing all locations to the public starting Tuesday, March 17 and will remain closed temporarily closed until Monday, April 6.
  • All Macy’s stores are closing nationwide at the end of the day on Tuesday, March 17 through March 31 due to the coronavirus threat, the company said. This includes all Macy’s, Bloomingdales, the Outlet, and Market by Macy’s stores.
  • Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has decided to close to visitors starting Tuesday, March 17. They will provide customer service only by phone, email, and online.
  • Beginning Thursday, March 19 through Monday, March 30, the Louisiana State Capitol will be closed to the public; legislative staff will work remotely. The capitol will reopen March 31 when the legislature is set to reconvene.
  • Effective Wednesday, March 18, public access to Zachary City Hall and the City Annex is being limited. Call will be answered during regular business hours (7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Monday through Friday. Payments for utilities can be mailed to City of Zachary, P.O. Box 310, Zachary, LA, 70791. The city also has two night drop boxes: one in front of the City Hall Annex Building to the left of the Utility Cashier door and one on the west side of the City Hall Annex at the south end of the parking lot. No cash is accepted in the drop boxes. Residents can also pay by phone at 225-654-6871. A 3% convenience fee will be charged.


  • DPW and utility offices will only be open three days per week


  • Livingston Parish government offices and offices of the Livingston Parish Council are closed from Monday, March 23 to April 13. The Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (LOHSEP) will address any emergency situations. Call LOHSEP at 225-686-3066. Council offices will resume normal business hours Monday, April 6 unless otherwise noted. All meetings of boards and commissions are also canceled during this two-week period. This includes an ordinance committee meeting scheduled for March 18 and a planning commission meeting scheduled for April 1.


  • All parish government offices are closed for two weeks effective Monday, March 23. All parish employees should be prepared to return to work Monday, April 6. Employees should self-quarantine as much as possible during this time. All boards and commissions are discontinuing public meetings until April 6.

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