Reopening Louisiana’s Economy
Gov. Edwards Signs Order Moving Louisiana to Phase One
Major changes in the new order include expanding the types of businesses that can now operate and the specific types of businesses that are limited to 25 percent of occupancy and require strict social distancing.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Louisiana Department of Health have issued guidance for churches and different types of businesses to help them enter Phase One in a way that ensures they operate safely and at the maximum level allowed. Business owners and faith leaders can find information at OpenSafely.la.gov.
With the exception of gaming establishments and shopping malls, no church leader or business owner is required to register or to get approval of their opening plans in advance. Registering for the Open Safely site is not required to reopen, but it is encouraged as it will allow businesses and churches to get the latest information quickly.
Phase One guidance will allow essential businesses as defined by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), to remain open. Non-essential businesses (sometimes called “gray area” businesses) and churches may remain open at 25 percent of their occupancy. Further, churches and restaurants, cafes and coffee shops may continue to conduct outdoor service not limited by 25 percent of indoor capacity so long as strict social distancing is practiced. All business owners should read the order to understand which category their business falls into.
New types of businesses that may open beginning on May 15, with 25 percent occupancy limits, sanitation guidelines and spacing for physical distancing include:
· Restaurants, cafes and coffee shops
· Shopping malls
· Gyms and fitness centers
· Barber and beauty shops, and nail salons
· Movie theaters
· Racetracks (not open to spectators)
· Museums, zoos, aquariums (no tactile exhibits)
· Bars and breweries with LDH food permits
Casinos and video poker establishments may open on May 18, at 25 percent occupancy and with 50 percent of their gaming positions, spaced out to allow for social distancing and with enhanced sanitation. Gaming facilities must have a plan approved by the Gaming Control Board prior to reopening.
The following businesses remain closed: massage establishments and spas, tattoo parlors, carnivals, amusement parks, water parks, trampoline parks, arcades, fairs, bars and breweries without LDH food permits, pool halls, bowling alleys, contact sports, children’s play centers, playgrounds, theme parks, adult entertainment venues, and other similar businesses.
In a separate order, the Governor extended legal deadlines that had previously been delayed in March. The order also suspended other provisions necessary to respond to this disaster. These deadlines, including the moratorium on evictions, will continue until June 5.
Click here to download the new order, which went into effect on the morning of Friday, May 15.
· Business and faith leaders can visit or register at OpenSafely.la.gov to receive guidance and updates from the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Louisiana Department of Health.
· Members of the public can continue to get information from the Governor’s office by visiting Coronavirus.la.gov and by texting LACOVID to 67283.
· Members of the public can continue to get information from the Department of Health by visiting ldh.la.gov/coronavirus.
· People with general questions about COVID-19 in Louisiana can call 211.
PHASE ONE GUIDELINES
Outdoor Sports & Activities Guidelines
Business & Organizations Guidelines
Fitness Centers – Health Clubs Guidelines
Movie Theaters Guidelines
White House Announces Path for States to Reopen
Louisiana Workforce Commission Announces New Plan for Unemployment Claims
Sunday: 0 – 3
Monday: 4 – 6
Tuesday: 7 – 9
Be sure to answer YES, when asked if applying for reasons related to COVID-19. This will help YOU and businesses get relief.
SBA Release PPP Forgiveness
Application and Guidance
The U.S. Small Business Administration issued much-awaited guidance, allowing borrowers to
claim forgiveness of their Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans. The SBA released on
Friday a PPP Loan Forgiveness Application which provides guidance on how to claim the single
most enticing aspect of the CARES Act’s borrowing initiative for small businesses and
self-employed individuals—loan forgiveness. The SBA’s Loan Forgiveness Application provides
detailed instructions for borrowers and the calculation of PPP loan forgiveness. The borrower is
expected to complete the application and submit it to their lender, who will ultimately be
responsible for assessing forgiveness. The process can be completed electronically.
Under the new procedures, a borrower must request the forgiveness of PPP loan proceeds by
filing SBA Form 3508, Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application. The
application has four components: (1) the PPP Loan Forgiveness Calculation Form; (2) PPP
Schedule A; (3) the PPP Schedule A Worksheet; and (4) an (optional) PPP Borrower Demographic
Information Form. Borrowers are required to submit items (1) and (2) to their lender.
For borrowers with PPP loans over $2 million, the SBA Form 3508 requires that a borrower who,
along with its affiliates, received aggregate PPP funds over $2 million, check a box alerting the
SBA to the size of the aggregate loan. This provision flags PPP loans that the Treasury
Department has already warned it will audit. Notably, however, the form’s instructions specifically
limit the obligation to check this flag-raising box to loans aggregated with affiliates “to the extent
required under SBA’s interim final rule on affiliates issued April 15, 2020.” That means that
borrowers will still have to interpret the meaning of those affiliation rules to determine whether to
check the box. Borrowers should seek legal guidance with respect to the affiliation rules where
they are potentially applicable.
However, the form does include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the
process for borrowers, including:
Options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles
Flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan
Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness
Borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30
Addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined
BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Secretary Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic Development announced the opening of an LED help desk that provides email and hotline support for Louisiana businesses impacted by COVID-19.
For COVID-19 business questions, LED may be reached at [email protected] or via the toll-free hotline, (833) 457-0531. The COVID-19 hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Be aware that high call volumes might result in delays. Callers are encouraged to keep trying, leave a voice mail or contact LED via email.
Reopening Guidelines for Childcare
Centers, Summer Schools and Camps
As the State prepares to enter phase one of reopening, the Department of Education and the
Department of Health have outlined the next steps for the safe operation of childcare centers, as
well as summer camps, summer school, and summer extracurricular activities.
Childcare centers and entities offering summer programs for K-12 students must adhere to
certain protective measures set by the Office of Public Health (OPH), including:
Social distancing, achieved by maintaining small, static groups that minimally interact
with other groups;
Assessing and monitoring students for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough,
shortness of breath, and/or sore throat; and
Practicing frequent environmental cleaning and hand-washing.
The guidance includes appropriate group sizes for each phase of reopening:
In Phase One, groups should be limited to 10 people including adults.
For childcare centers and entities offering summer school, camps, or extracurricular
activities, the occupancy rates currently approved for the facility apply. Adjusted
occupancy rates are not applicable, as these entities must adhere to strict social
distancing and other health and safety measures specific to childcare and summer school
or camp settings.
Business Owners & Managers:
To assist in situational reporting and planning, please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey.
TAX PAYMENT UPDATE
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SouthStar Urgent Care of Minden and Springhill have COVID-19 testing available.
Our protocol is as follows: If you have fever of 100.4 and respiratory symptoms, we will test you for strep and flu first, if those are negative and the provider deems it necessary we will then test for COVID-19. We will test you in your car if you request. The results are taking 3-7 business days.
If you need medical attention besides COVID-19 testing, we do have masks available to wear in the lobby, we also have a text system in place where you can sign in inside and wait in your car. When your room is ready, we will text you. We also have the Zip Pass App available.
With the recent upgrade of COVID-19 to a worldwide pandemic, the Greater Minden Chamber has gathered resources for its members to help them navigate all the effects of this declaration.
“We at the Greater Minden Chamber encourage our members to take precautions to prevent the spread of this disease,” said Chamber President/CEO Jana Morgan.
In addition, we are offering the following links to assist members who may be economically affected by recent actions surrounding this outbreak.
The following links provide additional information concerning COVID-19
The LWC website:
Governor’s Executive Order and latest press release:
Coronavirus Legal & Business Hub resource for businesses, governments and non-profits.
Other Helpful Links
We want our members to know that we are here for them as we combat, and ultimately overcome, this challenge.
SHARE YOUR BUSINESS IMPACT
The Louisiana Travel Association wants to keep our industry informed with resources, updates and developments during the COVID-19 event. As your business, event or workforce is impacted, we want to gather information about closures, cancellations and the economic challenges facing tourism-related businesses. This information will help us advocate on your behalf as we urge lawmakers to provide recovery resources.
Please complete this short survey to share how the Coronavirus is impacting your business by clicking the link below.
Webster Parish Convention & Visitors Commission is taking the recommended precautions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please be aware that the Dorcheat Museum, Germantown Museum, City Art Works and Lake Bistineau State Park are closed to the public at this time. As of right now, the trails and water access are open at Caney Lakes for recreation, however no additional RVs or campers will be granted overnight stays. There are also several public boat launches throughout the parish if you are interested in fishing or paddling. You can locate these on our website or in the Visit Webster Parish app. Our website has also recently been updated to feature which restaurants are offering delivery and curbside pick up.
There are still ways to discover our good nature while practicing “social distancing”. Please give us a call if you have any questions.