Louisiana is currently in Phase II of the White House reopening strategy. Governor Edwards has issued a statewide mask mandate indoors and outdoors when 6 ft. social distancing is not possible. Indoor social gatherings will be limited to 25% capacity with no more than 75 people. Businesses including restaurants are operating at 50% capacity. Places of worship may admit a maximum 75% occupancy,...Read more...
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced on February 9, 2021 that Louisiana and St. Tammany Parish remain in a modified Phase Two of the White House plan for re-opening. For detailed information about Phase Two, click here. This order is in effect until March 3, 2021 unless extended further. View St. Tammany Parish's Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan.
Louisiana remains in a modified Phase Two of the Roadmap for a Resilient Louisiana.
The statewide mask mandate applies to all 64 parishes in Louisiana. This order is in effect until March 3, 2021 unless extended further. Click here to read the full order.
The Louisiana Department of Health posts twice-daily updated case numbers online at LDH.Louisiana.gov/coronavirus.
The order requires face coverings for everyone ages 8 and older except for the following:
Masks are strongly recommended for children ages 2 to 7.
For the latest updates and announcements from Parish President Mike Cooper.
On April 30, 2020, President Cooper released the preliminary Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan for St. Tammany Parish. See the plan here. The SttammanySafe website was established to give further guidance to industry specific reopening standards in St. Tammany.
St. Tammany Corporation has developed a comprehensive resource portal with CDC updates, Business Assistance Resources, St. Tammany Hospitals Updates, Travel Updates and Advisories, Workforce Updates, and more.
St. Tammany Corporation has compiled resources for businesses to apply for the second draw PPP program, which includes restaurant and hotel specific incentives. Click the following links for each document:
Payroll Protection Program Round 2: Critical Information and Advice You Can Use (by Southeastern Louisiana University’s Small Business Development Center). You can also watch the SLU SBDC's presentation via webinar. Webinars are scheduled for January 22, 26, 29 and February 2 and 5, 2021. Click here to register.
Download the application form here: PPP Second Draw Borrower Application Form
Make sure your company’s NAICS code is listed correctly as part of these industries. Click to view the 2017 NAICS Manual by Census.gov, pages 557-563, regarding hotels and restaurants: Hotel and Food Service NAICS Code Information by Census.gov
Resources and support in applying for the program will be available on St. Tammany Corporation's website, here.
For industry-specific information from St. Tammany Corporation, click here or click the industry you are interested in below.
For industry updates on how the COVID-19 virus is affecting the hotel industry click here for Smith Travel Research (STR) data
For the ADARA COVID-19 Resource Center that reports on travel trends click here.
For the US Travel Resource Toolkit, click here.
For Restaurant guidelines issued by the State Fire Marshal, click here.
Click the industry you are interested in below for guidelines for travel in the new normal from Louisiana Travel Association. For more COVID-19 resources from Louisana Travel Association, click here.
For resources available to your workforce from the Louisiana Workforce Commission, click here. Rapid Response is a pre-layoff program designed to help companies and their employees experiencing a layoff or closing. The LWC Rapid Response Unit is available for assistance concerning temporary or permanent layoffs due to Covid-19. Contact André France at (225) 342-2918 or email@example.com.(email preferred)
To see Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D.'s Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed into law March 18, click here. Paid leave for employees, as well as tax credit provisions, are included.
For information on regional companies who are hiring for temporary positions visit the St. Tammany Corporation website, here.
GNO, Inc. Help for Hospitality Webinar: An in-depth discussion of the Paycheck Protection Program, Employee Retention Tax Credit, and other economic relief programs. Legislative bills currently being voted on, unemployment issues, and the next steps in reopening the hospitality and tourism industry are also discussed.
Helpful Coronavirus Loan Comparison Chart
The United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) Monday announced contributions to its Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund reached the $1.5 million benchmark, triggering the reopening of the fund's crisis grants. The grants provide a one-time $500 emergency funding to hospitality workers who cannot afford basic needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting Friday, April 24, at 9:00 AM, hospitality works can apply online or call 211 to complete the application over the phone.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories, Louisiana included, low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, and Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. Small businesses are encouraged to apply online.
Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities as well as updated on our website: SBA.gov/disaster.
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.
For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit SBA.gov/disaster for more information.
Ochsner Regional Hospital system is continuing to work on the best processes for individuals and businesses to donate to the organization. Please email email@example.com or call (504) 842-9413 for more information on how to assist.
The CDC released "Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes." See the guidelines here.
See the "10 Tips to Protect Employees Health" graphic put together by the St. Tammany Chamber.
The CDC released guidelines and tips on travel in the USA during COVID-19. See the guidelines here.
The Louisiana Department of Health continues to closely monitor this outbreak and shares twice-daily updated case numbers online. Know the signs and symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do.
Symptoms can be very similar to the flu or cold. If you develop these symptoms or have been in contact with someone know to have COVID-19:
For general information, dial the Louisiana hotline, 211, or text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211.
Ochsner Health has designated three urgent care centers to serve individuals in Southeast Louisiana experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. The following Ochsner Urgent Care Centers are now designated for COVID-19 assessment and testing, if recommended by the Louisiana Department of Health and the patient’s provider.Northshore
The US Travel Association has released a resources page specific to the CARES Act. It includes:
Specifics to Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL):
Additional Funding Options:
On April 27, 2020, New Orleans City Business published information on what to expect as the Paycheck Protection Program reopens for applications.
On May 4, 2020, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities will launch the Louisiana Culture Care Fund, a new grant program that will provide emergency relief funding to Louisiana’s humanities organizations. Click here for more information on eligibility and application requirements.
On May 1, 2020 at 9:00 AM, applications will be accepted for the next round of Louisiana Service & Hospitality Family Assistance Program grants. To apply, please visit https://www.gnof.org/service-and-hospitality-employee-family-program/.
On April 14, 2020, New Orleans City Business published a list of additional loans and funding opportunities for small businesses beyond the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and traditional SBA disaster loans. See the list here.
Pay close attention to State declarations that affect how you are able to do business and be prepared to not only adapt quickly but get the word out. Heed health advisories and stay up to date with information from the Louisiana Department of Health and the CDC.
Update your Google My Business profile to reflect changes in how you are shifting your business model and services to your community. Consider offering delivery or curbside pickup. Get creative!
Notify your social media followers of the operational changes in a post and share to the ExploreLANorthshore Facebook page so we can magnify your voice and share with the community. Hashtag #LANorthshore. The St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission has also developed a page to share tourism-related business operational updates.
Offer online gift certificates through your website and promote them on social media. We found this resource from Merchant Maverick on types of gift certificates if you aren’t currently using them.
If you'd like to submit a letter your legislators, please find some helpful links below. We are communicating with them on behalf of our tourism partners, but its also helpful to reach out individually to our senators and representatives in Washington D.C. to let them know what is happening in our community: