COVID-19 Resources for St. Tammany Parish Small Businesses
During these unprecedented times, the St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission is here for our tourism partners. We’ve collected the following resources which we hope will help. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our tourism industry. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us how COVID-19 is affecting you and your business. We want to share your voice with our legislators.
Page last updated, Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on August 26, 2020 announced that Louisiana will remain in Phase Two of the White House re-opening plan until September 11, 2020 unless further extended. Phase Two allows many businesses to open under strict guidelines and capacity levels. For detailed information about Phase Two, click here. View St. Tammany Parish's Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan,
Effective Monday, July 13 at 12:01 a.m. Louisiana and St. Tammany Parish is in Phase Two of Recovery.
All indoor gatherings limited to 50 total people to prevent the spread of illness
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a mandatory mask requirement for Louisiana and ordered bars in the state closed to on-premises consumption, as the state experiences increasing spread of COVID-19. The Governor also limited indoor social gatherings like wedding receptions, class reunions and parties to 50 total people. With these additional restrictions, Louisiana remains in Phase Two of the Roadmap for a Resilient Louisiana.
The statewide mask mandate, which will allow for parishes without high COVID-19 incidence to opt out if they choose, and bar closures are in effect as of July 13 at 12:01 a.m. The order will also limit the size of gatherings to 50. The new order is set to expire September 11, 2020, but could be extended.
The statewide mask mandate applies to all 64 parishes in Louisiana. However, parishes with a COVID-19 incidence of fewer than 100 cases per 100,000 people for the most recent two-week period for which data is available could choose to opt out of the mandate. Parish presidents do not have to opt out and may choose to keep a mask mandate in place. Any parishes that do not exceed this standard will be identified by the Louisiana Department of Health (updated every two weeks).
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:
- Anyone who has a medical condition that prevents the wearing of a face covering
- Anyone who is consuming a drink or food
- Anyone who is trying to communicate with a person who is hearing impaired
- Anyone who is giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience
- Anyone temporarily removing his or her face covering for identification purposes
- Anyone who is a resident of a parish without a high COVID incidence that has opted out of the masking mandate
Masks are strongly recommended for children ages 2 to 7.
CLOSURE OF BARS TO ALL ON PREMISES CONSUMPTION
All bars, including those with food permits from the Louisiana Department of Health, will be closed to on-premises consumption. They can operate for curbside takeout or delivery service only.
Since the start of the crisis, Louisiana has identified dozens of outbreaks, impacting hundreds of people, involving bars which were closed under the Governor’s original Stay at Home order. Public health officials have stated that going to bars poses a higher public health risk than visiting other types of businesses, because people are socializing and cannot wear masks when they drink. In addition, young people under the age of 30 make up the largest percentage of new COVID cases in Louisiana.
The order limits the size of social gatherings to 50 people indoors. Outdoor social gatherings are also limited to 50 people if a minimum of six feet cannot be maintained between each person.
This crowd size limitation shall not apply to those businesses deemed essential as defined by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency or any businesses and organizations operating at 50% capacity pursuant to Paragraphs (1) through (6) of Subsection (G) of Section 2 of 83 JBE 2020, including churches and other faith-based organizations.
The 50-person limit will apply to indoor gatherings, like receptions, weddings and others. The changes are based on the advice of public health officials.
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 COVID-19 Resources:
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.
The US Travel Association has released a resources page specific to the CARES Act. It includes:
- Guide to eligibility
- Summary of the act
- Fact sheets for each provision included in the act
- The full slide deck from the webinar hosted on 3/31/2020
- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) funding is available for state and regional art agencies as well as direct grants for nonprofit art organizations. The deadline to apply is April 22, 2020. More information on the NEA funding and application process is their press release.
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.
Review the US Travel Association webinar recording
on "Navigating the CARES Act" on 3/31/2020
The Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) has organized helpful industry resources and webinar recordings here
The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) hosts free and paid informational weekly webinars
and has organized other COVID-19 industry updates here
Stay up to date with past and upcoming COVID-19 Update webinars from Destinations International. Click here
to create a free account to learn more.
to for St. Tammany Corporation's Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan
- The St. Tammany Corporation hosts Shifting Your Business Mindset & Communications Post COVID--19, a workshop series to help businesses plan for the future, beginning Tuesday, May 12th through Tuesday June 9th. Click here to register.
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.
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.
For industry-specific information from St. Tammany Parish Corporation, click here or click the industry you are interested in below.
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.
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.
Disaster Assistance Small Business Loans:
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.
We know the SBA process can be difficult to navigate. Finder is offering these helpful links:
Finder's SBA Disaster Loan Information
Finder's Business Loans Coronavirus Information
How to Help:
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:
COVID-19 INFO LINE AT 1-844-888-2772
For general information, dial the Louisiana hotline, 211, or text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211.
LAKEVIEW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
SLIDELL MEMORIAL COVID-19 UPDATES
ST. TAMMANY HEALTH SYSTEM
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.
Ochsner Urgent Care – Mandeville
2735 US-190, Suite D
Mandeville, LA 70471
Ochsner Urgent Care - Mid-City at Canal
4100 Canal St, New Orleans
New Orleans, LA 70119
Ochsner Urgent Care – Houma
5922 W. Main St., Suite A
Houma, LA 70360