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. Members of our staff will be calling partners to collect information and updates.
Louisiana Business Operation Updates:
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has banned all restaurants from dine-in service until Monday, April 30, 2020. Restaurants may offer carry-out, curbside, and delivery services.
Furthermore, a "Stay-at-Home" order is in place effective March 23, 2020 - April 30, 2020. See the order here and the Governor's press release. The City of Slidell has enacted a curfew as of April 3, 2020 from 11 p.m. - 5 a.m.
For clarification of essential services under the current Stay-at-Home Order, click here.
For the latest updates and announcements from Parish President Mike Cooper.
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:
Specifics to Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL):
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. On March 22, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards took additional significant measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, issuing a "Stay-at-Home" order for the State of Louisiana. See the proclamation here for a listing of what restrictions are in place beginning 5:00 p.m. Monday 3/23/2020 until April 12, 2020. Read the press release.
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 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.
There is a new Grant Relief Fund for hospitality workers from United Way of Southeast Louisiana, the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, and Entergy. One-time emergency grants of $500 for qualifying applicants help cover living essentials like housing, healthcare, food, childcare, and transportation. Applications accepted beginning Saturday, March 21.
For information on regional companies who are hiring for temporary positions visit the St. Tammany Corporation website, here.
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, an 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 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