Shreveport Will Ease RV Restrictions for Healthcare Workers
I think we can all agree that healthcare workers on the front line of the Coronavirus crisis need a break. Long hours, crazy rules, isolation from family, and putting their own health in danger are just part of the new world essential workers in the medical field have been plunged into. Sadly, many of them aren't allowed to see their own families or even go to their own homes under the strict guidelines for workers in this incredibly important sector. Otherwise, they would risk bringing their work home - literally.
Since these amazing individuals don't want to infect their loved ones, many of them haven't been home since the nationwide lock down started months ago. They're sleeping in closets and break rooms when no regular beds are available in the hospitals they're working out of. Some are staying in hotels, or even sleeping in their cars in order to get enough rest for their next shift.
Unfortunately, Shreveport city rules regarding setting up and using recreational vehicles prohibited the use of these mobile hotel rooms in the city for an extended amount of time (more than 3 days). That was until last night when the Shreveport City Council unanimously voted to temporarily suspend the rules laid out in Section 8.10 of Shreveport's Unified Development Code. This will allow essential healthcare workers searching for a temporary housing solution to park a recreational vehicle (giving them a bed to sleep in, a private place to eat, and their own bathroom facility) at the hospital for the duration of the crisis.
According to the Ark-La-Tex Homepage, the restrictions will be suspended until the end of the "COVID-19 Public Health Emergency or through December 31, 2020, whichever comes first."