Closures and Affected Services

City-Parish

  • City Hall and all other city-parish government buildings are closed to the public from Monday, March 23, through Friday, May 15, 2020.
  • Public meetings are cancelled indefinitely. However, the Metropolitan Council will be convening via video conference in lieu of in-person hearings at City Hall. Meetings will be announced on brla.gov and may be viewed live at Metro21.
  • All City-Parish permitted public events have been suspended until further notice.
  • Division of Human Development & Services will close to the general public as of 3:00 p.m. effective March 18, 2020, until it is deemed appropriate to re-open.

capital area transit system

  • CATS will temporarily waive fares for all customers until further notice. 
  • All customers must enter and exit the bus from the rear (side) door of the vehicle in order to maintain social distancing from the drivers.
  • Bus service will start at its current time and end at 9:30 p.m. each night. 
  • Service may take longer during peak times, as there will not be additional buses available. Also, since drivers are limited to 10 passengers at a time, they may not always stop for customers waiting at bus stops.

City Court

In keeping with the Governor’s proclamation, and in an effort to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of court employees and East Baton Rouge citizens, the Baton Rouge City Court will be closed through May 15, 2020. All civil and criminal hearings occurring during this time will be suspended. 

Civil matters include, but are not limited to: evictions, judgment debtor rules, trials, and motion hearings. 

Criminal matters include: all arraignments, discovery rules, trials, and review hearings.  All “Criminal 72-hour hearings” shall proceed and will be conducted via audio-video electronic equipment.  

The Clerk’s Office will continue to accept civil fax filings during this time at the fax filing number listed on the Baton Rouge City Court’s website.   

All cases will be reassigned, and the court will send notice to the last address that was provided on file. It is your responsibility to ensure that the court has a current address.

For criminal questions please call: (225) 389-5294

For payment questions please call: (225) 389-5279

19th Judicial Court

  • All court proceedings (civil, criminal and traffic court) will be suspended through the end of the day Friday, March 27, 2020.
  • The court will remain closed until 8:00 a.m. Monday, May 18, 2020.
  • During this period judges and other stakeholders will be assessing the best methods of operating the court beyond the two week suspension period. Notification of those plans will be disseminated, when final.
  • All jury trials are cancelled through Friday, May 15, 2020. Jurors who have been notified to appear between March 17 and April 10 are dismissed.
  • Those with pending criminal cases and civil matters scheduled during this time will be notified of a new court date.

  • All dockets cancelled except: Emergency and time-sensitive matters as determined by the Court may be held by teleconference or video conference.

  • The Clerk of Court’s Office is open only for emergency filings between 8 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday.

  • The departments of the court – Bail Bond, Traffic Office, and Drug Lab – will continue to operate as usual.
  • Court employees will report to work during this period.

Juvenile court

Pursuant to Governor John Bel Edwards’ latest Executive Department Proclamation Number JBE 2020-41 and Louisiana Supreme Court Order dated April 6, 2020, the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court has issued an Order extending the period of court closure due to COVID-19-related reasons until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020.   

The Order rendered and signed this date by Chief Judge Adam J. Haney on behalf of the judges of the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court states the following:

The period of closure for the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Courthouse is hereby extended until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Only emergency hearings shall be heard in this court from this date forward until May 4, 2020. Emergency hearings are defined as those related to Child in Need of Care (CINC) proceedings; emergency child custody matters including 72-hour continued custody hearings resulting from an arrest or for children removed from their home by emergency court order; proceedings related to emergency interdictions and mental health orders; matters of public health related to this crisis and other emergency matters necessary to protect the health, safety, and liberty of individuals as determined by this court.

Emergency hearings shall be conducted by telephone or video conference only unless proceedings to address emergency matters cannot be resolved virtually.


Council on Aging

In an abundance of caution and to ensure the health and safety of senior participants and staff, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, the EBR Council on Aging discontinued the drive-thru meal system at their senior centers. They have transitioned to home delivery of meals to all their senior participants.

The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging is providing home-delivered meals to both Meals on Wheels recipients and senior center participants. Each recipient will receive a 2-week supply of meals, including bread, fruit and snacks.

The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all seniors across the parish during this pandemic. We strongly advise everyone to pay close attention to the advisories and warnings being given by national and local governmental officials. Additionally, please be reminded to follow the proper procedures to sanitize and disinfect shared surfaces, as well as to continue wash your hands frequently.

Contact the EBRCOA at 225-923-8000, by email at info@ebrcoa.org, or complete a new service application on the website (ebrcoa.org) if you would like to become a member of EBRCOA.

East Baton Rouge Parish Library

  • Due dates for all Library materials have been extended until Tuesday, June 30. 
  • Library items that are returned via book-drop chutes will be disinfected before being recirculated.
  • Patrons must reserve new items online or on the phone in order to pick them up at a branch.
  • Telephone reference and assistance with renewals, holds and check-outs will be offered at each location from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and 2-6 p.m. Sundays.
  • The following library branches will offer pick-up service beginning Wednesday, May 20: Main Branch, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.; Fairwood Branch, 12910 Old Hammond Hwy. Other branches will offer lobby pick-up of materials that have been reserved in advance, by phone or online, during the hours listed above starting May 20.
  • All library programs and events have been cancelled.
  • The Digital Library is open 24/7, and its robust collection of resources are all freely available to any patron with a current East Baton Rouge Parish Library card. Just visit https://www.ebrpl.com/digital.html to get started.
  • Don’t have a Library card? Temporary virtual cards allow access to most digital products; see the “Library Services” tab at www.ebrpl.com for more information. Library staff are prepared to give assistance on operation of mobile devices and downloading of content such as e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, and streaming media. The Library website also contains many Infoguides that describe how to access downloadable media on a variety of mobile devices.
  • Library cards may also be used to check out books, magazines, audiobooks, BluRays and DVDs, CDs, WonderBooks, Playaways, Playaway Views, Playaway LaunchPads, and Arduino Kits. Library due dates and renewals will be adjusted to allow patrons longer loan periods. 
  • The Library’s online calendar at www.ebrpl.com will be updated frequently to indicate any new cancellations. Tools and resources on the coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the Infoguide at http://ebrpl.libguides.com/coronavirus. To learn more about the Library and any of its free programs, events and resources, call (225) 231-3750, or visit us online at www.ebrpl.com.

east baton rouge parish registrar of voters

The Registrar of Voters Office is closed through Friday, May 15.

raising cane’s river center

All events are being rescheduled. Please see https://raisingcanesrivercenter.com/covid19.

Schools

All public K-12 schools in Louisiana will be closed Monday, March 16 through the end of the spring semester.

Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge

  • Schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge will be closed from Monday, March 16.
  • Spring Break: We will observe spring break as originally scheduled (April 13 through April 17). 
  • Standardized Tests: Standardized tests will be rescheduled for later in the school year.

BRCC

  • Classes canceled the week of March 16.
  • Spring Break will be moved up to March 23.
  • Beginning March 30, classes will resume online only for the remainder of the spring semester.
  • Cancellation of all in-state and out-of-state travel where large groups and crowds convene until further notice.
  • Suspension of all regular season competition for BRCC baseball and softball teams until April 3.
  • Cancellation or postponement of all large-scale events (25 or more people) at the college until further notice. 

LSU

  • Canceling classes starting Monday, March 16 with the exception for LSU Health Science Centers in Shreveport and New Orleans.
  • Classes resume after Spring Break online only for remainder of spring semester.
  • All tests scheduled at LSU Testing Center for the week of March 16 through 23 are postponed.
  • As a precautionary measure, we are asking that all on-campus events and LSU-sponsored off-campus events of 30 attendees or more to be canceled effective immediately, through May 30. A decision about commencement will be made at a later date.
  • Events with fewer than 30 attendees will need to receive approval though the LSU Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and any exceptions may also be requested through the EOC. Email lsueoc@lsu.edu for event approvals.
  • All residence halls and on-campus apartments will remain open at this time, however students are encouraged to return home if you can do so. 

Southern University

  • Classes will be cancelled from March 16 on.
  • Spring Break will now be held on March 23 through 27. Classes will resume remotely on March 30. Classes will continue remotely for the remainder of the spring semester. Students residing on campus are encouraged to return home
  • Residence halls are not closing.
  • If you are unable to leave campus, students are asked to submit a notification-of-use form by March 20. This form allows Southern to best assess the number of meals and frequency of regular services, including security and facilities management in the resident halls.