Travel Updates:

Louisiana is currently in modified Phase III of the White House reopening strategy. As of April 28, 2021, the statewide mask mandate is no longer in effect. Businesses including restaurants and bars, as well as places of worship, have no capacity limits. Indoor event crowd sizes shall be limited to no more than 75% capacity. If an event requires guests to wear face coverings throughout the event,...

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COVID-19 Updates

Keep up to date with Gov. John Bel Edwards & other state updates on social media.

COVID-19 Resources for St. Tammany Parish Small Businesses

Partner Support

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 support@louisiananorthshore.com to tell us how COVID-19 is affecting you and your business. We want to share your voice with our legislators.

Page last updated, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 10:30 AM CST

Louisiana Updates:

As of March 3, 2021, Louisiana is in a modified Phase III of the Roadmap for a Resilient Louisiana, as announced by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced on March 2, 2021. For detailed information about Phase III, click here. This order is in effect until May 25, 2021 unless extended further.

MASK MANDATE

On April 27, 2021, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that the statewide mask mandate will no longer be in effect as of April 28, 2021. However, all individuals, especially those most vulnerable, are still strongly encouraged to wear face coverings while interacting with the public. Masks are still required in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, public transit, state buildings and healthcare facilities. To view exceptions to this requirement, read the full order here. Local governments and private businesses may issue more restrictive measures than that imposed by the State, including requiring members of the public to wear face coverings while in local governmental buildings and private businesses. This order is in effect until May 25, 2021 unless extended further. Click here to read the full order.


PHASE 3 GUIDELINES FOR RE-OPENING

  • Event centers, arenas and venues that host larger gatherings will operate at 75% of their capacity with social distancing or 100% capacity with masks required. Waiting rooms, lobbies and other common areas may open to the public while maintaining social distancing.
  • There are no capacity restrictions on outdoor events. Event organizers may set their own requirements.
  • Restaurants may open for dine-in service with no capacity limits, with tables spaced 6ft apart. Waiting areas may open with social distancing. All buffets and food stations may normal operations with social distancing between guests.
  • Churches and places of worship will have no capacity limits. Social distancing and masks are recommended. Churches may set their own requirements.
  • As of March 31, 2021, all bars in St. Tammany Parish can operate with no capacity limits, and service over the bar is allowed. Guests shall return to their tables for consumption. Guest seating is limited to tables only.
  • Sporting events will operate at 75% of their capacity with maximum social distancing or 100% capacity with masks required. There are no restrictions on the capacity of outdoor sporting events. Alcohol sales are permitted at sporting events. Event attendees must return to their seats for consumption.
  • Crowd sizes shall be limited to no more than 75% capacity in an indoor space at the same time. If a business requires guests to wear face coverings throughout the event, the business may increase its occupancy to 100% of the total occupancy.
  • Standards for all industries during each phase of re-opening is available on OpenSafely.
  • This order is in effect until May 25, 2021 unless extended further. Click here to read the full order.

 

St. Tammany Parish Updates:

On September 10, 2020, St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper released the revised Live Safe. Work Safe. Shop Safe. Action Plan for St. Tammany Parish in accordance with Governor Edwards' Roadmap for a Resilient Louisiana.

Industry Resources: St. Tammany Corporation

St. Tammany Corporation has developed a comprehensive resource portal with CDC updates, business assistance resources, updates from St. Tammany hospitals, workforce updates, travel updates and advisories, and more, including tools for businesses to apply for the second draw PPP program, which includes restaurant and hotel specific incentives.

Click links to access grant and loan information and applications:

Workforce Resources:

  • 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 afrance@lwc.la.gov (email preferred).

  • To see Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D.'s Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed into law March 18, 2020, 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 steps in reopening the hospitality and tourism industry are also discussed.

  • The United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) provides emergency funding to hospitality workers who cannot afford basic needs during the COVID-19 pandemic through its Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund.

    • The program awards emergency grants up to $2,500 only to employees of businesses in the hospitality industry running active United Way workplace campaigns. New businesses interested in participating may contact hospitalitycares@unitedwaysela.org for more information. There is no fee to participate in the program.

    • The funds will provide temporary assistance during times of crisis to cover basic financial needs, including housing, medical and utility bills.

    • Hospitality workers 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 and Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. Small businesses are encouraged to apply online

  • For an overview of all SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans, click: Coronavirus Loan Comparison Chart

  • 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 and provided at 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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

  • Visit SBA.gov/disaster for more information. 

  • We know the SBA process can be difficult to navigate. Finder.com, a resource that helps users to navigate complex financial decisions such as getting a credit card, finding health insurance or buying a home, is offering these helpful links: 
    Finder's SBA Disaster Loan Information
    Finder's Business Loans Coronavirus Information


Safety Information:

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

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
Ochsner Urgent Care – Mandeville
2735 US-190, Suite D
Mandeville, LA 70471
 
New Orleans
Ochsner Urgent Care - Mid-City at Canal
4100 Canal St, New Orleans
New Orleans, LA 70119
 
Bayou Region
Ochsner Urgent Care – Houma
5922 W. Main St., Suite A
Houma, LA 70360
 

Federal Resources:

CARES Act:

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 May 1, 2020, the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) began accepting applications to its Louisiana Service & Hospitality Family Assistance Program. To apply, please visit https://www.gnof.org/service-and-hospitality-employee-family-program/.

Some Tips:

  • 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.

Contact Your Legislators

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:

Bill Cassidy
John Kennedy
Steve Scalise
Patrick McMath
Beth Mizell
Sharon Hewitt
Mary DuBuisson
Larry Frieman
Paul Hollis
Richard Nelson
Bob Owen
Mark Wright
Malinda White

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