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Louisburg to participate in curfew starting Monday night

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LOUISBURG — The town of Louisburg will be under Franklin County's curfew daily from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. starting Monday through at least April 30.

During the curfew, people are not allowed to travel any public street, alley or roadway or to be upon public property unless they are searching for medical assistance or exempt as an essential employee as identified by the state's stay-at-home order.

Franklin County issued a curfew Friday, which surprised several municipalities, according to Louisburg Mayor Karl T. Pernell. He issued a proclamation Monday that consented to the curfew within the town of Louisburg after reviewing the information the county had, Pernell said in a Facebook post.

"New estimates suggest that there are actually 700 to 3,500 people in Franklin County that are infected with the virus but they have not been tested or sought medical care," Pernell wrote.

Franklin County has 15 confirmed cases.

Pernell also wrote as many as 34,000 people could become infected by July with as many as 442 deaths in a worst-case scenario, according to those estimates.

"Luckily if we all take this situation seriously and follow the CDC guidelines, we could cut those numbers in half," Pernell wrote.

He also encouraged businesses to take extra steps to protect customers. Businesses should designate waiting areas with standing positions located 6-feet apart and allow no more than one person for every 144-square feet of open space, Pernell wrote.

The town of Youngsville is not cooperating with the order. Mayor Fonzie Flowers said last week the order will not be enforced in Youngsville. Flowers said he questioned the constitutionality of the order.

It's not clear if other municipalities in the county are cooperating with the order. 

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